Breast cancer tissue diagnosis at terahertz frequencies

Emma Pickwell-Macpherson, Anthony J. Fitzgerald, Vincent P. Wallace

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    This paper investigates the feasibility of using terahertz pulsed imaging to detect breast cancer in a reflection imaging geometry. Spectroscopic terahertz data is used to simulate the reflected time domain response functions of healthy fibrous breast tissue and breast cancer tissue. Previously we have looked at the refractive index and absorption coefficient separately to characterize tissues. In this work we investigate their combined effects and identify parameters of the simulated reflected impulse response function and corresponding spectroscopic properties with a view to improving our ability to distinguish between the fibrous and cancer tissues in the breast.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOptical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIII
    EditorsE. Duco Jansen, Robert J. Thomas
    Place of PublicationSan Francisco
    ISBN (Print)9780819488640
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventOptical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIII - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 21 Jan 201226 Jan 2012


    ConferenceOptical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIII
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco


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