Grant ID RP130702
Awarded On December 05, 2012
Title Noninvasive skin cancer diagnosis using multi-modal spectroscopy
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator/Program Director James W Tunnell
Cancer Sites Skin
Contracted Amount $1,242,101
Lay Summary

The current diagnosis and study of skin cancer is problematic as it depends on surgical excision. Millions of biopsies are performed every year on benign skin lesions, and limited physician access causes a delay in melanoma diagnosis and treatment. Clinical research on skin cancer treatment is difficult, since a surgical biopsy will often change the course of lesion progression. We propose to fundamentally change the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer by developing a quick, noninvasive “optical biopsy” device that images the biology of the tumor itself. This would place a screening tool for skin cancer where one currently does not exist, akin to a mammogram for breast cancer. This dev...

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