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A MEMS based handheld confocal microscope with Raman spectroscopy for in-vivo skin cancer diagnosis
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Paper Abstract

Both Confocal Microscopy and Raman Spectroscopy have shown potential for diagnosis and differentiation of cancerous and normal skin. Many current studies utilizing these techniques use large bench-top microscopes, and are not suited for in-vivo diagnosis in a clinical setting. We have developed a microscope which combines confocal reflectance imaging with Raman spectroscopy into a compact handheld probe, allowing images and Raman spectra to be taken in-vivo. The compact design of this handheld unit is largely due to the use of a MEMS mirror which scans the illumination laser light in two dimensions to produce the confocal reflectance image of the skin. An integrated CCD camera provides a large area view of the skin surface which helps to guide the location of the confocal reflectance image area. Using this probe, in-vivo confocal reflectance images and Raman spectra of normal skin have been obtained with axial resolutions of 4 μm for the confocal channel and 10 μm for the Raman channel. This paper presents the instrument design and optical characteristics, including representative in-vivo images and Raman data from normal skin tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7169, Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VII, 71690N (23 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812071
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Christopher L. Arrasmith, Montana State Univ., Bozeman (United States)
Chetan A. Patil, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
David L. Dickensheets, Montana State Univ., Bozeman (United States)
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7169:
Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems VII
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Tuan Vo-Dinh; Warren S. Grundfest, Editor(s)

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