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Technology Being Used to ID Cancerous Tissue Developed, in Part, at USciences

Published on September 15, 2017

New technology that distinguishes cancer vs. noncancerous tissue in 10 seconds relies, in part, on research conducted at USciences.

The work by Vincent S. Pagnotti C'04 PhD'11, Nicholas D. Chubatyi PhD'14, and Charles N. McEwen PhD, the Houghton Endowed Chairholder in Chemistry and Biochemistry, is cited in a paper entitled “Nondestructive tissue analysis for ex vivo and in vivo cancer diagnosis using a handheld mass spectrometry system” published in Science Translational Medicine in September.

The team from USciences discovered and patented the ultrasensitive liquid introduction ionization method for mass spectrometry used with the handheld device. The results were published in Analytical Chemistry in 2011.

The paper published this month has been widely cited in international news stories as a possible new technology that could make it faster and easier to determine  the cancer/normal boundary during surgery to remove tumors. 

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