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Calibration schemes of a field-compatible optical spectroscopic system to quantify neovascular changes in the dysplastic cervix
Author(s): Vivide Tuan-Chyan Chang; Delson Merisier; Bing Yu; David K. Walmer; Nirmala Ramanujam
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Paper Abstract

A significant challenge in detecting cervical pre-cancer in low-resource settings is the lack of effective screening facilities and trained personnel to detect the disease before it is advanced. Light based technologies, particularly quantitative optical spectroscopy, have the potential to provide an effective, low cost, and portable solution for cervical pre-cancer screening in these communities. We have developed and characterized a portable USB-powered optical spectroscopic system to quantify total hemoglobin content, hemoglobin saturation, and reduced scattering coefficient of cervical tissue in vivo. The system consists of a high-power LED as light source, a bifurcated fiber optic assembly, and two USB spectrometers for sample and calibration spectra acquisitions. The system was subsequently tested in Leogane, Haiti, where diffuse reflectance spectra from 33 colposcopically normal sites in 21 patients were acquired. Two different calibration methods, i.e., a post-study diffuse reflectance standard measurement and a real time self-calibration channel were studied. Our results suggest that a self-calibration channel enabled more accurate extraction of scattering contrast through simultaneous real-time correction of intensity drifts in the system. A self-calibration system also minimizes operator bias and required training. Hence, future contact spectroscopy or imaging systems should incorporate a selfcalibration channel to reliably extract scattering contrast.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7891, Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies IV, 78910A (22 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875855
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Vivide Tuan-Chyan Chang, Duke Univ. (United States)
Delson Merisier, Family Health Ministries (Haiti)
Bing Yu, Duke Univ. (United States)
David K. Walmer, Family Health Ministries (Haiti)
Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Nirmala Ramanujam, Duke Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7891:
Design and Quality for Biomedical Technologies IV
Ramesh Raghavachari; Rongguang Liang, Editor(s)

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