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Optical Techniques Show Continued Promise in Detecting Pancreatic Cancer
March 2, 2009
Optical technology developed by Northwestern University researchers has been shown to be effective in detecting the presence of pancreatic cancer through analysis of neighboring tissue in the duodenum. The promising new technology uses novel light-scattering techniques to analyze extremely subtle changes in the duodenum's cells. Cells that appear normal using traditional microscopy techniques show signs of abnormality when examined using the Northwestern technique.
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