Light Scattering Spectroscopy Helps Doctors Identify Early Pancreatic Cancer

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The new device uses light scattering spectroscopy (LSS) to detect the structural changes that occur in cancerous or pre-cancerous cells by bouncing light off tissues and analyzing the reflected spectrum. The results could help guide physicians’ decision making when considering whether the presence of pancreatic cysts requires surgery, a high-risk procedure.

Today, because of the lack of less-invasive diagnostic methods, more than half of these procedures turn out to have been unnecessary. Read more . .