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Optical Methods in Breast Cancer

The Spectroscopy Laboratory, in collaboration with the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) will sponsor "Optical Methods in Breast Cancer ", the latest in the series of Lester Wolfe Workshops in Laser Biomedicine.
Increasing incidence rates of breast cancer amongst US women and the importance of early detection in predicting outcome has led to searches for better screening methods. Mammography, although useful, has been called a double-edged sword due to the occurrence of many false positives. This workshop will cover some applications of optics to the problem of breast cancer detection and diagnosis and monitoring response to therapy.

Introduction and clinical overview
Barbara L. Smith, Massachusetts General Hospital

Shedding light on breast cancer: Advances in spectroscopic diagnosisMaryann Fitzmaurice, Case Western Reserve University

Diffuse optical tomography for breast cancer detection and characterization
Arjun Yodh, University of Pennsylvania

Intra-operative optical biopsy of breast cancer
Stephen Boppart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 4:00-6:00 pm
Richard B. Simches Research Center, Room 3110
185 Cambridge St. Boston
(Located in Charles River Plaza next to Whole Foods Market and CVS)

Refreshments served at 3:30 PM

Sponsored by the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and CIMIT (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology)