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Development of sensor systems for non-invasive detection of cervical pre-cancer and skin cancer

Funding: 1998: $20,756
1999: $20,756
2000: $20,756

Funding or Partner Organisation: Polartechnics Limited
Australian Research Council (ARC SPIRT (Strategic Partnerships with Industry Re)

Start year: 1998

Summary: Recently, significant breakthroughs have been made into early diagnosis of pre-cancer and cancer of the uterine cervix, and melanomas, based upon new methods of real-time analysis of the electrical and optical properties of human tissue. To properly and appropriately apply the new discoveries, this project involves research and development of new sensor elements, sensor configurations, and associated signal conditioning electronics to address and solve crucial implementation issues. Success of the pjoject will result in a major step towards a reolutionary new pre-cancer and cancer detection system promising greater reliability, ease of use, accuracy, speed, and cost effectiveness, as compared to traditional methods. Aims: To form a linkage between industry-based biomedical researchers and specialist sensor/biomedical engineering researchers to investigate and develop innovative sensors for cervical pre-cancer and skin cancer detection. Development Aims: To develop 1. models and theory for the chemical, optical, and electro-physiological interaction of sensor elements. 2. experimental techniques for sensor data collection 3. principles for design of optimal sensor configurations using newly acquired theoretical and empirical information. 4. smart sensor and/or multi-sensor and/or sensor fusion design methodology where appropriate. 5. innovative sensors for use in cancer detection prototypes Validation Aim: To validate modelling and operation of the newly developed sensors.

FOR Codes: Electronics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer and related disorders, Diagnostic methods, Women's health, Instruments and Techniques