Terahertz methods show promise for breast cancer

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New imaging tools based on terahertz technology aim to provide vital information during surgery for breast cancer. Terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) can reliably distinguish between normal breast, tumor, and even in situ disease in excised tissue samples. The terahertz imaging provides good correlation for area and shape of tumor in the terahertz images compared to that of histology. Many studies have revealed the potential of TPI to image both invasive breast carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ. The TPI system generated pulses of broadband terahertz radiation in the range 0.05 to 4 THz with a spectral resolution of 0.03 THz. The system uses a photoconductive emitter and a detector that measures the amplitude and phase of the transient electric field.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationLaser Focus World
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


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