1. New imaging technique accurately finds cancer cells, fast

    New imaging technique accurately finds cancer cells, fast
    A team of Illinois researchers developed an imaging technique that uses laser light to identify cancer cells. The fast, accurate technique could lead to real-time optical biopsies. From left, Eric Chaney, a research specialist at the Beckman Institute; Stephen Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, of bioengineering and of medicine; Martin Gruebele, a professor of chemistry and of physics; and Wladamir Benalcazar, a graduate fellow at the Beckman Institute.
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    1. The diagnosis is made based on very subjective interpretation – how the cells are laid out, the structure, the morphology...This is what we call the gold standard for diagnosis. We want to make the process of medical diagnostics more quantitative and more rapid.
      By Stephen A. Boppart
    2. The analogy is like pushing someone on a swing. If you push at the right time point, the person on the swing will go higher and higher. If you don't push at the right point in the swing, the person stops...If we use the right optical frequencies to excite these vibrational states, we can enhance the resonance and the signal.
      By Stephen A. Boppart
    3. Sometimes it's very hard to tell visually whether a cell is normal or abnormal...But molecularly, there are fairly clear signatures.
      By Stephen A. Boppart
    4. As we get better spectral resolution and broader spectral range, we can have more flexibility in identifying different molecules....Once you get to that point, we think it will have many different applications for cancer diagnostics, for optical biopsies and other types of diagnostics.
      By Stephen A. Boppart
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