Raman Spectroscopy Poised To Make Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis Less Invasive

Researchers have demonstrated that an optical technique known as Raman spectroscopy can be used to differentiate between benign and cancerous thyroid cells. The new study shows Raman spectroscopy’s potential as a tool to improve the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, which is the ninth most common cancer with more than 50,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year.

“Our encouraging results show that Raman spectroscopy could be developed into a new optical modality that can help avoid invasive procedures used to diagnose thyroid cancer by providing biochemical information that isn’t currently accessible,” said James W. Chan from the University of California, Davis, U.S.A. “This could have a major impact in the field of pathology and could lead to new ways to diagnose other diseases.”

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