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Breast cancer tissue diagnosis at terahertz frequencies
Author(s): Emma Pickwell-MacPherson; Anthony J. Fitzgerald; Vincent P. Wallace
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Paper Abstract

This paper investigates the feasibility of using terahertz pulsed imaging to detect breast cancer in a reflection imaging geometry. Spectroscopic terahertz data is used to simulate the reflected time domain response functions of healthy fibrous breast tissue and breast cancer tissue. Previously we have looked at the refractive index and absorption coefficient separately to characterize tissues. In this work we investigate their combined effects and identify parameters of the simulated reflected impulse response function and corresponding spectroscopic properties with a view to improving our ability to distinguish between the fibrous and cancer tissues in the breast.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8221, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIII, 82210M (9 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.905116
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Emma Pickwell-MacPherson, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)
Anthony J. Fitzgerald, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)
Vincent P. Wallace, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8221:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIII
E. Duco Jansen; Robert J. Thomas, Editor(s)

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