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New imaging technique developed for pancreatic cancer diagnosis

18th August 2011

A new study has revealed the potential applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging in diagnosing pancreatic cancer.

Four Boston-area institutions, led by Nicusor Iftimia from Physical Sciences, have conducted research which found that bouncing near-infrared laser light off biological tissue can distinguish between low-risk and high-risk pancreatic cysts.

Using existing optical techniques, it can be hard to determine which cysts are likely to become malignant, but OCT offers a success rate close to those achieved via microscope-assisted examinations of samples.

Having proven its potential effectiveness in early trials, further OCT studies will now be conducted to improve image resolution and test the technology in vivo.

A pilot clinical study will begin within the next two months, which will be expanded in scope based on how well the technology performs in the initial stages.

Data from Cancer Research UK shows that a total of 7,781 people died from pancreatic cancer in 2008, with the disease making up three percent of all cancers.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800704440-ADNFCR

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