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Development of electrical probes and advanced classification algorithms for early detection of cancer

Funding: 2002: $65,000
2003: $35,675
2004: $31,738

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Polartechnics Limited

Start year: 2002

Summary: The curable precursor of cervical cancer is cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN). Various cancer probes will be constructed for the identification of CIN based on electrical measurements on tissue. Through studies of the cellular structure and the junction between cells, a theoretical model of the electrode/mucus/tissue system will be developed at and below the surface of the tissue under examination. Theoretical modelling, probe development and detection algorithms will be used to identify CIN in real-time with concurrently high sensitivity and specificity. Effective electrical probes for early detection of cancer (cervical, lung and breast) will be of enormous national and international benefit.

Keywords: Medical instrumentation Cervical cancer Electrical probe

FOR Codes: Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Medical instrumentation, Medical Instruments