Recent advances will be described relating to the development and clinical translation of optical spectroscopy techniques designed to guide surgical interventions in brain and prostate oncology applications. The use of molecular imaging guidance systems can enable true intra-operative tissue identification, increasing the effectiveness of cancer surgery and potentially positively impacting patient survival.
Surgical resection is a fundamental cancer treatment, but its effectiveness is reduced by the inability to rapidly and accurately identify cancer margins. We will introduce a portable intraoperative label-free multimodal optical spectroscopy system combining intrinsic fluorescence, diffuse reflectance, and Raman spectroscopy that can identify cancer in situ during surgery. We will show that this on-line guidance system can detect primary cancer such as glioma as well as metastatic melanoma and cancer of the lung and colon with an accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of 97%, 100%, and 93% respectively. Moreover, a method will be presented, along with preliminary tissue classification results, based on the interrogation of whole human prostates from prostatectomies.
The development and in vivo validation of an optical brain needle biopsy instrument will be presented demonstrating its ability to detect bulk tumor using Raman spectroscopy with the goal of reducing the number of non-diagnostic samples during a procedure. The extraction of tissue can cause life-threatening hemorrhage because of significant blood vessel injury during the procedure. We will demonstrate that a sub-diffuse optical tomography technique integrated with a commercial biopsy needle can detect the presence of blood vessels to limit the hemorrhage risk.
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