Fluorescence imaging method could aid earlier detection of precancerous cervical cells

Written by Caitlin Killen, Future Science group

Researchers from Tufts University (MA, USA) have developed a novel fluorescence technique for the detection of metabolic and physiological changes in cervical epithelial cells. The work – published this week in Cell Reports Medicine – was a collaborative effort across several departments in the university, it is hoped that the findings could pave the way for non-invasive, earlier detection of precancerous cervical cells. The newly developed method represents several advantages over current imaging techniques; it requires no invasive biopsies and works by observing the intrinsic fluorescence of examined cells utilizing an optical microscope, so no contrast agents or radioactive tracers...

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