An Infrared Absorbance Sensor for the Detection of Melanoma in Skin Biopsies
AbstractAn infrared (IR) absorbance sensor has been designed, realized and tested with the aim of detecting malignant melanomas in human skin biopsies. The sensor has been designed to obtain fast measurements (80 s) of a biopsy using a small light spot (0.5 mm in diameter, typically five to 10 times smaller than the biopsy size) to investigate different biopsy areas. The sensor has been equipped with a monochromator to record the whole IR spectrum in the 3330–3570 nm wavelength range (where methylene and methyl stretching vibrations occur) for a qualitative spectral investigation. From the collected spectra, the CH2 stretch ratio values (ratio of the absorption intensities of the symmetric to asymmetric CH2 stretching peaks) are determined and studied as a cancer indicator. Melanoma areas exhibit different spectral shapes and significantly higher CH2 stretch ratios when compared to healthy skin. The results of the infrared investigation are compared with standard histology. This study shows that the IR sensor is a promising supportive tool to improve the diagnosis of melanoma during histopathological analysis, decreasing the risk of misdiagnosis. View Full-Text
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Fioravanti, V.; Brandhoff, L.; van den Driesche, S.; Breiteneder, H.; Kitzwögerer, M.; Hafner, C.; Vellekoop, M.J. An Infrared Absorbance Sensor for the Detection of Melanoma in Skin Biopsies. Sensors 2016, 16, 1659.
Fioravanti V, Brandhoff L, van den Driesche S, Breiteneder H, Kitzwögerer M, Hafner C, Vellekoop MJ. An Infrared Absorbance Sensor for the Detection of Melanoma in Skin Biopsies. Sensors. 2016; 16(10):1659.Chicago/Turabian Style
Fioravanti, Valeria; Brandhoff, Lukas; van den Driesche, Sander; Breiteneder, Heimo; Kitzwögerer, Melitta; Hafner, Christine; Vellekoop, Michael J. 2016. "An Infrared Absorbance Sensor for the Detection of Melanoma in Skin Biopsies." Sensors 16, no. 10: 1659.
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