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Title: Vision 20/20: The role of Raman spectroscopy in early stage cancer detection and feasibility for application in radiation therapy response assessment

Raman spectroscopy is an optical technique capable of identifying chemical constituents of a sample by their unique set of molecular vibrations. Research on the applicability of Raman spectroscopy in the differentiation of cancerous versus normal tissues has been ongoing for many years, and has yielded successful results in the context of prostate, breast, brain, skin, and head and neck cancers as well as pediatric tumors. Recently, much effort has been invested on developing noninvasive “Raman” probes to provide real-time diagnosis of potentially cancerous tumors. In this regard, it is feasible that the Raman technique might one day be used to provide rapid, minimally invasive real-time diagnosis of tumors in patients. Raman spectroscopy is relatively new to the field of radiation therapy. Recent work involving cell lines has shown that the Raman technique is able to identify proteins and other markers affected by radiation therapy. Although this work is preliminary, one could ask whether or not the Raman technique might be used to identify molecular markers that predict radiation response. This paper provides a brief review of Raman spectroscopic investigations in cancer detection, benefits and limitations of this method, advances in instrument development, and also preliminary studies related to the applicationmore » of this technology in radiation therapy response assessment.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States)
  2. College of Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States)
  3. Department of Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States)
  4. Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan 48128 (United States)
  5. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22250697
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; ANIMAL TISSUES; BRAIN; DIAGNOSIS; HEAD; MAMMARY GLANDS; NECK; NEOPLASMS; PEDIATRICS; PROSTATE; PROTEINS; RADIOTHERAPY; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY; REVIEWS; SKIN