Developing Handheld Skin Cancer Diagnostic Technology

July 13, 2020
Dongkyun Kang, PhD, works on the laser light portion of a new, portable skin cancer diagnostic technology he is developing with Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD.

Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a multi-step process of repeated biopsies and surgeries. There is one imaging technology, called a Confocal Microscope, that can take the repetition out of the process and enable a doctor to identify the cancer cells more accurately before and during surgery. The University of Arizona Cancer Center is working to create the next generation of that technology. The project is built on the collaboration of Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, co-director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and interim dermatology division chief at the College of Medicine – Tucson and Dongkyun Kang, PhD, co-leader of the Cancer Imaging Program, and assistant professor of optical sciences and biomedical engineering. They aim to make a portable, less expensive version of the microscope to improve cancer care.