Low-cost, portable imaging systems for cancer detection

Mark C. Pierce, Richard A. Schwarz, Dong Suk Shin, Darren Roblyer, Tim Muldoon, Mohammed Rahman, Ann M. Gillenwater, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Rebecca Richards-Kortum

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Worldwide incidence and mortality rates due to cancer continue to rise, with the burden of disease increasingly shifting to developing countries. Several optical diagnostic methods are under development to enable earlier detection of cancer, however, these are primarily intended for use in healthcare facilities in industrialized countries. Using knowledge gained from early clinical studies with large-scale prototype systems, we have designed and tested low-cost, portable versions of these instruments. We propose that these systems may be used for early diagnosis and screening in developing countries, and that pilot clinical studies are warranted in these low-resource settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies III
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies III - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2010Jan 26 2010

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


  • Cancer screening
  • Developing countries
  • Diagnostics
  • Optical imaging

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