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The NASA smart probe project for real-time multiple-microsensor tissue recognition
Author(s): Russell Andrews; Robert Mah; Luiz Da Silva
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Paper Abstract

The NASA Smart Probe employs multiple microsensors, together with fuzzy logic and neural networks, to provide a unique tissue "signature" in real time. We here review the Smart Probe concept and summarize early data from small animal studies on tissue identification. Recent clinical information gathered from women undergoing biopsy for suspected breast cancer by the NASA licensee, BioLuminate Inc., is also presented. The sensors employed in the Smart Probe for breast cancer include electrical impedance and optical spectroscopy (both broadband or white light, and laser light (infrared and blue/fluorescence)). Data are acquired 100 times per second; a typical breast "biopsy" typically generates 500 MB of data. The multiparameter breast cancer probe-one millimeter in diameter-can clearly differentiate normal breast, benign lesions, and breast carcinoma.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5326, Optical Biopsy V, (13 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.528574
Show Author Affiliations
Russell Andrews, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert Mah, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Luiz Da Silva, BioLuminate Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5326:
Optical Biopsy V
Robert R. Alfano; Alvin Katz, Editor(s)

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