In this recent article, Medical Dialogues highlights Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim’s co-research on a new technology that can speed up skin cancer diagnosis.
Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States, with more cases reported each year than all other types of cancer combined. To tackle this issue, Michael Giacomelli, a professor at the University of Rochester, has developed a portable imaging device that can diagnose nonmelanoma skin cancer in just two minutes. This allows surgeons to quickly identify if a lesion is cancerous and provide treatment during the same visit, rather than having to schedule multiple appointments. The device has already been tested on 15 biopsies and has shown a high level of accuracy.
To further improve the speed and accuracy of biopsy results, Dr. Ibrahim and Giacomelli are working together on a 200-patient follow-up study to test the effectiveness of this new imaging technique in real-world scenarios using biopsy samples from Rochester Dermatologic Surgery.