Scientists of the University of Silesia and the Medical University of Silesia have jointly designed a special clip supporting the diagnosis of skin cancers, including malignant melanoma.
The device resembles an ordinary clothes peg. It grabs a fold of skin where the birthmark is located. The emitted light beam is directed to a plurality of receivers located in one of the clip’s arms. This allows to determine the thickness of the skin lesion and its other parameters, and to decide whether to start treatment or follow-up
The research method proposed by the scientists is non-invasive and safe even for pathologically changed areas. The clip can also be used to monitor the progress of treatment both in hospital and at home.
– Thanks to this, the diagnosis of skin cancers such as malignant melanoma will be faster, burdened with fewer errors and independent of the operator, says Dr Eng. Robert Koprowski of the University of Silesia.