Detecting breast cancer spread by white light - groundbreaking technology

Surgeons of the future may use light to tell whether breast cancer has spread, clinical research fellow Andrew Lee told a news briefing at the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona on Wednesday (20 March).

Optical detection of breast cancer is an exciting technological development from researchers at University College London (UCL) in the UK. Mr Lee is presenting a paper to delegates today describing the use of light scattering to detect whether breast cancer has spread to the lymph glands in the armpit.

"The procedure involves feeding tiny pulses of harmless white light though a thin optical fibre onto the tissue surface at the site where cancer is suspected," he said. "Light scattered back from the tissue is picked up by a second fibre, which takes the light to a spectrometer where the intensities at different wavelengths can be recorded, and analysed on a portable computer. The analysis compares the optical signature to those from previous examples of normal and cancerous tissue, and if the results are similar enough then it may be possible to make a diagnosis without the need to remove any tissue."

The joint research team is lead by Professor Stephen Bown at the National Medical Laser Centre and Mr Mohammed Keshtgar at the Department of Surgery, UCL. The research, which is supported by the United States Army, is in collaboration with the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Department of Pathology at UCL and Professor Irving Bigio at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University.

Mr Lee explained that over the past four years optical measurements have been taken during breast surgery on over 200 consenting patients. Samples of both normal and suspicious breast tissue were examined as well as lymph glands that had been removed from the armpit to check if the cancer had spread. These optical biopsies could be compared with the results of the conventional biopsies (examined under a microscope) when the result

Contact: Margaret Willson
Federation of European Cancer Societies

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Detecting vitamin B12 deficiency prevents anaemia and memory loss
2. Detecting Alzheimers
3. Scientists Create Extremely Sensitive Test For Detecting Radiation Damage
4. International breast cancer prevention study launches in the United States and Canada
5. Unexpected benefit seen in treating HER-2 breast cancer with new preoperative drug combo
6. Risk of cardiac death after radiotherapy for breast cancer has declined, study finds
7. Study shows risk of cardiac death after radiation for breast cancer has dramatically decreased
8. Study shows acrylamide in baked and fried food does not increase risk of breast cancer in women
9. Researchers say breast cancer in Africa may provide clues to the disease in African-Americans
10. Postmenopausal breast cancer survivors at increased risk for bone fractures
11. Nursing mothers having surgery -- How long a wait to breastfeed safely?

Post Your Comments:

(Date:4/18/2019)... , ... April 18, 2019 , ... The Coro Medical ... the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department. , As a small, volunteer-only department in rural ... serve the community and now, is the only department with life-saving equipment of this ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... , ... April 17, 2019 , ... With Fentanyl overdose ... are working to curb the death toll by looking for an alternative to naloxone. ... National Meeting & Exposition this week. , Naloxone (often known by the name brand ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... Ramneek Kumar Talwar and Vineet ... Gwangju, Korea, and has highly evaluated and confirmed iRINGER’s technology, a product that’s ... discussion of a potential partnership since then. , After sharing relevant ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... Fertility Centers of Illinois ... an effort to unite millions of Americans aiming to remove the stigmas and ... initiative, Fertility Centers of Illinois is offering seven free physician-led webinars and free ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... Cognition Corporation , a ... second installment of their two-part white paper series discussing ISO 13485:2016, the quality ... reviews some of the high-level changes to the standard identified in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... To better address opioid ... and Gateway Health have launched a new program that takes a novel, holistic ... Enhanced Pain Management Program brings together a range of alternative, non-opioid therapies and ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... , ... Clinical trials of new cancer treatments have historically focused on disease ... advances in medical oncology and genomic characterization of tumors, we are now able to ... “basket trials.” This ability has created a paradigm shift in oncology trials. , In ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... AdventHealth University (AHU) ... students to degrees in both a Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy & ... to be completed in as little as two years with a total of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: