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Photoacoustic sensor for medical diagnostics
Author(s): Marcus Wolff; Hinrich Gerd Groninga; Hermann Harde
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Paper Abstract

The development of new optical sensor technologies has a major impact on the progress of diagnostic methods. Of the permanently increasing number of non-invasive breath tests, the 13C-Urea Breath Test (UBT) for the detection of Helicobacter pylori is the most prominent. However, many recent developments, like the detection of cancer by breath test, go beyond gastroenterological applications. We present a new detection scheme for breath analysis that employs an especially compact and simple set-up. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) represents an offset-free technique that allows for short absorption paths and small sample cells. Using a single-frequency diode laser and taking advantage of acoustical resonances of the sample cell, we performed extremely sensitive and selective measurements. The smart data processing method contributes to the extraordinary sensitivity and selectivity as well. Also, the reasonable acquisition cost and low operational cost make this detection scheme attractive for many biomedical applications. The experimental set-up and data processing method, together with exemplary isotope-selective measurements on carbon dioxide, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5261, Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology, (15 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.512698
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Marcus Wolff, Univ. of the German Federal Armed Forces (Germany)
Photoacoustic Sensing Technologies (Germany)
Hinrich Gerd Groninga, Photoacoustic Sensing Technologies (Germany)
Hermann Harde, Univ. of the German Federal Armed Forces (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5261:
Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology
Brian M. Cullum, Editor(s)

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