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3D Microscopy for Cancer Screening
What is being researched?
High-resolution 3D microscopy of stained cells to determine the earliest signs of cancer and precancer.
What are the expected outcomes and benefits?
Develop the technology base for a lung cancer screening program to increase survival rates from the current 5-year level of about 15%. Presently, there is no screening or early-detection program for lung cancer, whereas nationwide screening programs for cervical, colon, and breast cancers in the USA have reduced mortality significantly.
What are the potential applications?
A world-wide lung cancer screening program and engineering lung cancer to be a treatable disease.
What are some future directions?
A future direction of this academic-industry partnership is the application to other cancers, such as earliest detection of gastric cancer and infectious diseases.
Who is working on it?
Eric Seibel <eseibelhitl.washington.edu>, Rahul Katdare <rahulku.washington.edu>, in collaboration with start-up company Visiongate Inc.
Who is funding this effort?
The Washington Technology Center, RTD program