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Future Oncol. 2005 Oct;1(5):635-47.

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in cancer detection.

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  • 1Ben Gurion University, Department of Physics and the Cancer Research Institute, Beer-Sheva, Israel.


The rapid developments in the field of infrared spectroscopy in the past decade have demonstrated a potential for disease diagnosis using noninvasive technologies. Several earlier studies have highlighted the advantage of using infrared spectroscopy both in the near- and mid-infrared regions for diagnostic purposes at clinical levels. The areas of focus have been the distinction of premalignant and malignant cells and tissues from their normal state using specific parameters obtained from Fourier transform infrared spectra, making it a rapid and reagent-free method. While it still requires pilot studies and designed clinical trials to ensure the applicability of such systems for cancer diagnosis, substantial progress has been made in incorporating advances in computational methods into the system to increase the sensitivity of the entire setup, making it an objective and sensitive technique suitable for automation to suit the demands of the medical community. The development of fiber-optics systems for infrared spectroscopy have further opened up new and modern avenues in medical diagnosis at various levels of cells, tissues and organs under laboratory and clinical conditions.

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