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A comparative study of intrinsic versus bulk polarized fluorescence in cervical tissues
Author(s): Dharitri Rath; Md. Ejaz A. Lodhi; Prashant Shukla; Nidhi Agarwal; Kiran Pandey; Asima Pradhan
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Paper Abstract

This study aims towards applying the intrinsic polarized fluorescence technique for obtaining valuable information from human cervical tissue samples. The efficacy of this technique is tested in human tissues by comparing its diagnostic capabilities with the bulk fluorescence. It is seen that biochemical information is hidden due to the presence of distortions by tissue scattering and absorption in the fluorescence spectra. Intrinsic tissue fluorescence provides a complete understanding of the biochemical and/or morphological changes that take place during the progression of disease. Recording of the experimental data and thereafter subsequent extraction of the intrinsic fluorescence serves as fingerprints towards determining the occurrence of these diseases. Here we report a comparative study of intrinsic versus bulk polarized fluorescence in cervical tissues. Intrinsic fluorescence is seen to be a more sensitive technique than bulk fluorescence for diagnosis of cervical cancers. Attempts have been made to study the changes in the amount of different fluorophores found in the epithelial and stromal layer of cervical tissue (both normal and cancerous). It has been seen that collagen decreases and NADH increases as a healthy cervical tissue develops into a cancerous one. Intrinsic fluorescence provides more consistent discriminating results as compared to bulk polarized fluorescence. It is also more sensitive in giving biochemical information from the different layers in cervical tissue. It may be concluded that intrinsic fluorescence shows promise as a viable tool for providing valuable insights towards fruitful diagnosis of the various stages of disease development and changes occurring with age.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6853, Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy, 685319 (8 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.763420
Show Author Affiliations
Dharitri Rath, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India)
Md. Ejaz A. Lodhi, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India)
Prashant Shukla, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India)
Nidhi Agarwal, G.S.V.M. Medical College (India)
Kiran Pandey, G.S.V.M. Medical College (India)
Asima Pradhan, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6853:
Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Wolfgang Petrich; Robert R. Alfano; Alvin Katz, Editor(s)

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