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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Video: Laser diagnosis and treatment developments in cancer research

Tissue pathology can be detected in vivo by optical methods through minimally invasive endoscopy. Work at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver is focused on Raman spectroscopy of internal and external surfaces.
16 July 2010, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201007.04

The BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver, British Columbia) provides a comprehensive provincial program of cancer control and health care delivery in British Columbia.

Research ranges from basic molecular and genetic studies to epidemiological and clinical research on cancer prevention, early diagnosis, molecular characteristics of the cancer process and new treatments for cancer using drugsAdvancing the Laser Video Series and radiotherapy. Cancer imaging research aims to develop new technology for early detection and localization of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.

Dr. Haishin Zeng is a senior scientist in cancer imaging at the agency, as well as an associate professor of dermatology and skin science at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include the optical properties of biological tissues and light-tissue interaction. His lab is exploring different optical measurement modalities for diagnostic applications, which may lead to noninvasive assessment of treatment progress. These include diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, raman spectroscopy, and laser speckle imaging.

Also appearing in this video are Michael Short, postdoctoral fellow, and Tracy Wong, PhD student. The BC Cancer Agency was recently renamed. It was formerly known as the BC Cancer Research Centre.