1 May 2007 Instrumentation as a source of variability in the application of fluorescence spectroscopic devices for detecting cervical neoplasia
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J. of Biomedical Optics, 12(3), 034014 (2007). doi:10.1117/1.2745285
Abstract
We report on a study designed to assess variability among three different fluorescence spectroscopy devices, four fiber optic probes, and three sets of optical calibration standards to better understand the reproducibility of measurements and interdevice comparisons of fluorescence spectroscopic data intended for clinical diagnostic use. Multiple measurements are acquired from all sets of standards using each combination of spectrometer, fiber optic probe, and optical standard. Data are processed using standard calibration methods to remove instrument-dependant responses. Processed spectra are analyzed using an analysis of variance to assess the percent variance explained by each factor that was statistically significant. Analysis of processed data confirms statistically significant differences among the spectrometers and fiber optic probes. However, no differences are found when varying calibration standards or measurement date and time. The spectrometers and fiber optic probes are significant sources of variability, but appropriate data processing substantially reduces these effects. Studies of inter- and intradevice variability are important methodological issues for optical device trials and must be included in the quality assurance studies for the clinical trial design.
Brian M. Pikkula, Olga Shuhatovich, Roderick L. Price, Dan M. Serachitopol, Michelle Follen, Nick McKinnon, Calum E. MacAulay, Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Jong Soo Lee, Edward Neely Atkinson, Dennis D. Cox, "Instrumentation as a source of variability in the application of fluorescence spectroscopic devices for detecting cervical neoplasia," Journal of Biomedical Optics 12(3), 034014 (1 May 2007). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.2745285
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