Allison Herschell is just 26 years old and already has undergone multiple biopsies to check for skin cancer, each one carving off a small piece of her flesh. So far, all negative.
“It’s really not a fun time,” said Herschell, who is fair-skinned and has several moles. “They just shave this area of your skin off and then you have this open wound until it scars up and heals.”
But Herschell no longer dreads her trips to the dermatologist, thanks to the company she joined two years ago, Caliber Imaging and Diagnostics, which makes advanced laser imaging devices that enable doctors to perform biopsies without cutting into skin, and determine immediately whether the patient has cancer.
“Patients love any technology that will give the doc more information and avoid hurting them,” said Dr. Jane Grant-Kels, a UConn dermatologist. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.