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Optical biopsy: the noninvasive diagnosis of cancer with optical spectroscopy
Author(s): Irving J. Bigio
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, researchers have demonstrated that various types of optical spectroscopy can be used to perform noninvasive, real-time and in-situ diagnosis of tissue pathologies, especially cancer. In this overview of the topic, various spectroscopic methods are described. The promises and hopes, as well as the difficulties of these developing techniques are discussed. UV-induced fluorescence spectroscopy and elastic-scattering spectroscopy are addressed at some length, and infrared-absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy are more briefly discussed.

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Date Published: 6 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3572, 3rd Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 6th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications, (6 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.358352
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Irving J. Bigio, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3572:
3rd Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 6th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications
Angela Maria Guzman, Editor(s)

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