Imag­ing may speed up can­cer di­ag­noses

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

An imag­ing tech­nique has been de­vel­oped by re­searchers at St An­drews Uni­ver­sity which could al­low more de­tailed early di­ag­no­sis of can­cer.

The in­no­va­tive way to op­ti­cally im­age through tis­sue had pre­vi­ously been thought im­pos­si­ble by some ex­perts.

The team says it could also pro­vide a more de­tailed un­der­stand­ing of other dis­eases, in­clud­ing de­gen­er­a­tive brain con­di­tions. The tech­nique al­lows sci­en­tists to see deeper into tis­sue us­ing light.

Re­searcher Adrià Es­co­betMon­tal­bán, Marie Curie fel­low at St An­drews, said: “It is ex­cit­ing to see the re­sponse we have got from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, as many peo­ple thought what we have done is im­pos­si­ble with light.”

Pro­fes­sor Kis­han Dho­lakia, from the uni­ver­sity’s School of Physics and As­tron­omy, added: “This is a timely break­through and I hope it leads to new ways of think­ing about imag­ing at depth.”

A UK-wide re­search team was led by the Fife uni­ver­sity and col­leagues in Ed­in­burgh and Southamp­ton.

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