February 27, 2014

Finnish innovation able to detect skin cancer in seconds

A new hyperspectral camera developed by Finnish researchers is able to detect early stages of skin cancer in matter of seconds.

A new innovative handheld camera developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is able to detect early stages of skin cancer in two seconds. The ultra-precision hyperspectral camera recognises early stages of skin cancer that are invisible to the naked eye.

According to VTT, skin cancer rates have been growing exponentially, due to population ageing and UV damage caused by excessive exposure to sunlight.

Researchers have run a pilot study using the hyperspectral camera, and the preliminary results of the study are promising. A pilot was done in collaboration the University of Jyväskylä, the Päijät-Häme Central Hospital and the Skin and Allergy Hospital of Helsinki University Central Hospital.

The innovation has patents in the USA and in Finland, and Mr Heikki Saari, a principal scientist at VTT, is the inventor of the patented device.

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