The general goal of this proposal is to develop non-intrusive optical spectroscopy as a real-time diagnostic technique for cervical dysplasia. In our previous study we have demonstrated good sensitivity and specificity of our fiber-optic probe for diagnosing HSIL in vivo and provided insight into the physical mechanisms which are the basis of our light scattering technique. In this work, we will build on our previous results, by modifying the fiber-optic probe and spectroscopy system to obtain better accuracy, developing a probe for the endocervical canal, studying the false positives and false negatives to understand the causes of inaccuracies, improving our understanding of the physical mechanisms that are the basis for the technique, and finally testing our diagnostic spectroscopic system in the clinic.

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Ossandon, Miguel
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Nguyen, Jennifer; Hayakawa, Carole K; Mourant, Judith R et al. (2016) Development of perturbation Monte Carlo methods for polarized light transport in a discrete particle scattering model. Biomed Opt Express 7:2051-66
Mourant, Judith R; Marina, Oana C; Hebert, Tiffany M et al. (2014) Hemoglobin parameters from diffuse reflectance data. J Biomed Opt 19:37004
Sanders, Claire K; Mourant, Judith R (2013) Advantages of full spectrum flow cytometry. J Biomed Opt 18:037004
Nguyen, Jennifer; Hayakawa, Carole K; Mourant, Judith R et al. (2013) Perturbation Monte Carlo methods for tissue structure alterations. Biomed Opt Express 4:1946-63
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Marina, Oana C; Sanders, Claire K; Mourant, Judith R (2012) Correlating light scattering with internal cellular structures. Biomed Opt Express 3:296-312
Mourant, Judith R; Powers, Tamara M; Bocklage, Thérese J et al. (2009) In vivo light scattering for the detection of cancerous and precancerous lesions of the cervix. Appl Opt 48:D26-35
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