Skin-deep diagnosis

Using a combination of NIR spectroscopy and skin impedance spectroscopy, Swedish scientists have potentially come up with a quick, non-invasive technique for identifying the skin cancer known as melanoma.

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Best foot forward for wound healing

US scientists have shown that diffuse NIR spectroscopy offers a speedy and accurate way to determine whether or not diabetic foot ulcers are healing.

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Newborn babies remember vowels better than consonants

NewbornEven newborn babies just a few days old can remember words, although they're better at remembering the vowels in those words than the consonants, say Italian scientists.

NIR shows its muscle

NIR spectroscopy is an effective way to determine muscle mass in the elderly, say Japanese medical researchers.

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NIR OCT has potential for skin cancer detection

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been used to non-invasively map out the network of tiny blood vessels beneath the outer layer of patients’ skin, potentially revealing signs of disease. The researchers tested their system on a range of different skin conditions, including two cases of basal cell carcinoma. Compared to healthy skin, the network of vessels supplying blood to the tested lesions showed significantly altered patterns.

NIR Optical Imaging Detects Breast Cancer

New optical imaging technology using NIR developed at Tufts University School of Engineering (Boston, MA, USA) could give doctors new ways to both identify breast cancer and monitor individual patients’ response to initial treatment of the disease. A five-year clinical study of the procedure, funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is now underway at Tufts Medical Center.


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