BiOS 2012: Cancer Diagnosis Dominates Hot Topics

Writing from Photonics West 2012 in San Francisco, Mike Hatcher takes a look at this year’s “hot topics” of optical diagnostic techniquessession at the BiOS biophotonics conference. Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that survival rates for some forms of the disease are now very good, their remain a number of cancer types that are difficult to diagnose. Esophageal cancer, with a 5-year survival rate of only 19%, is among those difficult to diagnose early. Adam Wax, Duke University researcher and founder of Oncoscope, presented Oncoscope’s clinical probe to diagnose the pre-cancerous dysplasia stage of esophageal cancer.

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