Improvement of the contrast in cancer detection by autofluorescence bronchoscopy using a narrow spectral violet excitation: A preliminary study
Autofluorescence (AF) bronchoscopy is a useful tool for early cancer detection. However the mechanisms involved in this diagnosis procedure are poorly understood. We present a clinical autofluorescence imaging study to assess the depth of the principal contrast mechanisms within the bronchial tissue comparing a narrowband (superficial) and broadband (penetrating) violet excitation. Knowledge of this parameter is crucial for the optimization of the spectral and optical design of clinical diagnostic AF imaging devices. An intensity contrast improvement was observed with the narrowband excitation, suggesting that the heme absorption plays a key role in the AF contrast mechanism. Copyright © 2006 IFAC.
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