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Seibel group develops 3D microscope for cancer detection

09 February 2009

University of Washington researchers including Eric Seibel and Qin Miao have helped develop a new kind of microscope that visualizes cells in 3D, a technique that could be a big step forward in cancer detection. Seibel, an SPIE Member and research associate professor at the UW, and Miao are presenting papers related to the project this week at the SPIE Medical Imaging conference in Orlando, FL.

Researchers worked in collaboration wtih VisionGate, a privately held company that holds the patent on the technology. The technique involves rotating a cell under the microscope lens and taking hundreds of pictures per rotation, and then digitally combining them to form a single 3-D image. The 3-D visualizations could lead to big advances in early cancer detection, since clinicians today identify cancerous cells by using 2-D pictures to assess the cells' shape and size researchers said.

Read more on e! Science News at http://esciencenews.com/articles/2009/02/09/cancer.diagnosis.now.3.d%20.