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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Adam Wax Hot Topics presentation: Early Cancer Detection with Coherence Imaging

Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2012
8 February 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201202.04

Adam WaxAdam Wax of Duke University describes a method for early cancer detection using coherence imaging in his presentation, "Early Cancer Detection with Coherence Imaging."

The standard surgical biopsy for determining the progress of a disease such as cancer suffers from poor discrimination, a long lead time, and variability in the diagnosis. Wax describes an optical biopsy technique using angle-resolved low-coherence interferometry to measure the size of cells, and compared the method to traditional biopsy results. A significant increase in size appears to be a very specific indicator of disease progress. There is need for increased depth penetration and resolution which may be provided by a combined ultrasound technique.

Adam Wax is an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His research includes  optical spectroscopy for early cancer detection, novel microscopy and interferometry techniques.