A medical research team announced yesterday that it had developed a new cancer diagnosis technique called "virtual biopsy, " which uses super-fast laser pulses to scan the human body without the pain and hazards involved in conventional needle biopsies.
The newly developed biopsy method can run 100 million scans per second, as well as generating up to three images every second, according to the team.
The team plans to increase the scanning frequency and combine the technique with endoscopes, in order to obtain biopsy images deep inside the body.
The team included members from National Taiwan University's (NTU) Electrical Engineering Department, NTU's Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the Center of Nanoscience and Nonotechnology at National Chung-hsing University, National Taiwan University Hospital and the Institute of Molecular Medicine at National Cheng Kung University.
The virtual biopsy project is being funded by the National Health Research Institute, with a budget of NT$9 million (US$274,000) over three years.