Finnish researchers have developed a new camera that is able to detect early stages of skin cancer in matter of seconds.
A new innovative hand-held camera developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is able to detect
early stages of skin cancer in just two seconds.
”The ultra-precision hyperspectral camera recognises early stages of skin cancer that are invisible to naked eye,” said Heikki Saari, principal scientist at VTT.
Skin cancer rates have been growing exponentially due to population ageing and UV damage caused by excessive exposure to sunlight, said VTT in a press release.
Researchers have run a pilot study using the hyperspectral camera, and the preliminary results of the study are promising.
The camera was used to detect the skin areas with field cancerisation, that is areas of multiple skin cancer precursors for early treatment of the affected area.
The camera can take enlarged spectral images of the tested areas in seconds. It highlights differences between healthy and potentially cancerous skin, so that early signs of skin damage leading to cancer can be diagnosed.
It captures images in up to 70 narrow wavelengths, whereas a regular camera uses only three.
The pilot protect was done in collaboration the University of Jyvaskyla, the Paijat-Hame Central Hospital and the Skin and Allergy Hospital of Helsinki University Central Hospital.