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An EU-funded development project for detecting thyroid cancer has produced an optical device that could give doctors a reliable, low-cost way to determine whether a thyroid nodule is malignant or benign. The five-year project, named Laser and Ultrasound Co-analyzer for Thyroid Nodules (LUCA), was coordinated by Spain’s ICFO photonics research center.
The different technologies of LUCA are embedded in a single portable device. It is a multimodal platform that combines near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS), near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and a clinical ultrasound system and probe.
When LUCA is integrated inside the thyroid nodule screening work flow, it can provide additional physiological…READ MORE