'Map' of a prostate created using chemical imaging technique

Whole prostate cross section created using chamical imaging technique
Whole prostate cross section

Prof Peter Gardner and Dr Paul Bassan, in collaboration with colleagues from the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research and the Christie Hospital, have demonstrated a step change in the capability of chemical imaging of large tissue samples. The technique has vastly increased the speed at which tissue can be imaged, with the result very large areas of tissue can now be measured at the highest possible resolution.

The researchers have used the FTIR chemical imaging technique to create a chemical map of an entire section through a prostate at the single cell level. Such an achievement would have been impossible just a few years ago as it would have taken many years to collect such a volume of data. Re-engineering of the data acquisition and analysis process has significantly reduced measurement time and has moved the technique significantly towards operation on a clinically relevant time frame.

This work has been recently highlighted in the RSC magazine Chemistry World.

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