Scanned by: Marisa Vitolsover 5 years ago
Researchers at the University of Texas are developing a microfluidics device that detects oral-cancer cells in 10 minutes and is simple and cheap enough for use in the dentist's office. The device could be adapted to test for other cancers, including cervical cancer. It works well on cancer cells grown in the lab and is currently being tested on biopsies from oral-cancer patients.
Developers envision a compact device that would be standard in dental offices. Any suspicious-looking sores in a patient's mouth could be tested for signs of cancer while the patient is still in the dentist's chair. This technology would allow early diagnosis of cancer cells and ultimately save countless lives.