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New Device may Help in Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

by Kathy Jones on  February 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM Medical Gadgets   - G J E 4
Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer could be cheaper and faster thanks to a new device being developed by researchers at University of Washington.
 New Device may Help in Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer
New Device may Help in Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer
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The researchers revealed that the device relies on fluid transport, rather than human hands, to conduct the basic steps of processing a biopsy. The device is made up of silicon and is no bigger than a credit card.

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It makes use of the properties of microfluidics, by which tissue pass through tiny channels without the need for a lot external force, and performs a series of steps that replicate what happens on a much larger scale in a pathology lab.

"This new process is expected to help the pathologist make a more rapid diagnosis and be able to determine more accurately how invasive the cancer has become, leading to improved prognosis", UW research professor of mechanical engineering, Eric Seibel said.


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