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Classification of terahertz data as a tool for the detection of cancer
Author(s): Matthew J. Berryman; Tamath Rainsford
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Paper Abstract

The early detection of cancers is critical with respect to treatment and patient survival. Biopsy techniques that are currently employed for such diagnoses are invasive, time consuming and costly. A Terahertz (THz) imaging system potentially provides a fast and non-invasive way to detect and diagnose cancer. While there is proof of concept that THz can distinguish cancerous and normal tissue, the mechanisms underlying this differentiation are not well understood. A better understanding of THz spectral data can be gained through computational pattern recognition and related multivariate statistical tools. These allow for the differentiation of data into discrete and disjoint groups. Such separation of THz spectral data can provide complex information about diseased tissue, which can be used as a tool for distinguishing cancerous from non-cancerous cells as well as, discriminating between cancers at various developmental stages and, between different types of cancer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6416, Biomedical Applications of Micro- and Nanoengineering III, 64160X (14 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.695693
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Matthew J. Berryman, Ctr. for Biomedical Engineering, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)
Tamath Rainsford, Ctr. for Biomedical Engineering, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6416:
Biomedical Applications of Micro- and Nanoengineering III
Dan V. Nicolau, Editor(s)

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