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Rutgers University team develops virtual biopsy device

The device has been designed to provide information on a skin lesion’s depth and potential malignancy, without the need for a scalpel.

A study published in Wiley Online Library says that non-invasive analysis of a skin tumour could allow less risky biopsies and reduce distress for patients.

During existing surgical biopsy approaches, physicians lack information on the extent of a lesion and if extensive tissue removal or plastic surgery must be recommended.