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r-friendly design. “We can cut these costs by a factor of ten, resulting in a 20,000-euro machine that is affordable for many outpatient centres.?/p>

Trials at two university hospitals ?in Regensburg, Germany, with experienced dermatologists, and in Brescia, Italy, with people who were not experts in the field ?proved the principle of confocal imaging.

“We demonstrated our system can detect skin cancer earlier than existing techniques. It can also generate data at least as good as that achieved by a biopsy,?says the coordinator. He adds that today’s best skin cancer detection rates are 75 per cent. “Our system can reach 95 per cent, even when used by people who are not skin experts.?/p>

Though the project has ended, the partners want to make a smaller version of their prototype system. “We hope to develop a partnership for this with our Regensburg partner,?says Dr Sheblee. He notes that confocal imaging has great potential for detecting skin cancers and expects significant take-up of the technology in the next five years.


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