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At the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Institute for Health Research of the Hospital Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), researchers have developed a new device for performing skin biopsies. Currently a skin biopsy can take approximately 30 minutes to perform, but with this new device, that time could be greatly reduced to less than 5 minutes and done with fewer instruments. Additionally, neither local anesthesia nor specialized personnel are required. As a result, faster diagnosis of pathologies such as skin cancer is possible.

“Currently a skin biopsy involves cutting the base layer of the skin manually, removing it with forceps and sewing up the incision with one or two stitches. Thanks to the new automatic device, a simple click will be enough to obtain a sample,” explains Jesús Meneses, one of the inventors from the MAQLAB Research Group at the UC3M Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The new device is able to make the incision and remove the tissue sample automatically, and complies with all of the sanitation standards established by the Institute for Health Research Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS).

In addition to earlier pathology detection, this invention will also allow doctors to see a greater number of patients, especially in fields such as dermatology which are overwhelmed by high patient demand. This device would make it possible for the patient to leave the doctor’s office with a completed diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible if necessary.

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