Image-guided skin microbiopsy technology development (2013–2016)
We have recently developed a novel microbiopsy (0.2 mm) device for skin. In this project, we will develop two visually guided targeting systems that will enable clinical uptake of this technology. The first device will be a hand held, electrically actuated microbiopsy device that is guided by eye that will then be integrated with the dermatoscope, a common dermatology magnification device for looking at skin lesions that employs polarized light. The development of these devices will enable minimally invasive microbiopsies to be taken from small lesions and even from suspicious areas within lesions without the need for conventional biopsies (4 mm). This is expected to improve disease detection and minimize the need for conventional biopsies.