Clinical Translation of Activated Optical Fluorescence Methods and...

By National Institutes of Health
Government Grant





[The purpose of this PAR is to bring a highly sensitivity imaging technology capable of locating very small (1-3 mm) tumors in vivo to clinical utility. Under this funding opportunity, NCI solicits innovative concepts that propose a path to clinical validation for in vivo intelligent or activated optical fluorescence agents or probes with demonstrated capabilities for detection of small tumors. Current imaging techniques are in use for non-invasive cancer detection, but clinical methods are limited to detecting masses several millimeters to centimeters in size. To image small primary or metastatic tumor sites composed of 106 to 107 cells, imaging sensitivity must be improved. This can be achieved without significant hardware advances by improving the contrast between diseased and healthy tissue captured in the image. Thus, there is a clinical need for techniques that improve image contrast between tumors and surrounding background tissue. There are several novel optical fluorescence...


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