Indian-origin scientist develops a new tool to detect cancer

The new diagnostic test can detect cancer without staining the sample. Read to know more.

Most cases of cancer go undetected until the last stage of the disease due to lack of proper diagnosis during the initial stage. Although biopsy is the most common diagnostic test to detect cancer, an Indian-origin scientist, Rohit Bhargava, developed a new tool for better diagnosis of cancer. (Read: Latest Cancer Research: Low-cost test to detect cancer in one hour)

Till date, prepared biopsy samples are stained and examined under a light microscope. But this technique uses infrared spectroscopic imaging for microscopy. Instead of using stains, the new method measures the chemical constitution of cells and tissues directly. The outcome is that that molecular stains can be reproduced without staining the tissue but by using the intrinsic molecular contrast of the tissue and computation. The study relies on computation instead of staining to provide biopsy images. (Read: Latest research and advances in cancer treatment)

Any sample can be stained for desired stains without material cost, time or effort while leaving precious tissue pristine for downstream analyses. Another use of the approach can be in the analysis of small amounts of samples, for example from a thin needle biopsy. The development of this approach promises to have immediate and long-term impact in changing pathology to a multiplexed molecular science -- in both research and clinical practice, the authors noted. (Read: Latest cancer research a new HPV vaccine can prevent 80% of cervical cancers)

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Source: IANS

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