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Early Melanoma Detection Device Completed

Photonics.com
Oct 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 20, 2010 — Spectral Molecular Imaging Inc. (SMI) said it recently completed development of its initial product, SkinSpect, aimed at early detection of melanoma through its proprietary form of hyperspectral imaging.

Unveiled on Sept. 29, 2010, at its headquarters to colleagues, medical professionals and device experts, SkinSpect incorporates advances in hyperspectral imaging, autofluorescence measurement and polarization-gated detection, according to Dr. Erik Lindsley, president of SMI.

Its software controlling image acquisition and handling is new, and it is driven by an intuitive touchscreen interface to allow for effortless data and patient monitoring, image archiving and analysis, and Internet-based data transfer and tele-consults. In addition, its design is compliant with electronic medical record generation and tracking.

“The new system is extremely versatile in acquiring high-resolution image data noninvasively from suspicious skin lesions, on the surface and under it, with a speed that minimizes motion artifacts,” said Dr. Daniel Farkas, chairman and CEO.

SMI is a development-stage, medical imaging device company that applies its proprietary hyperspectral-optical imaging technology to advance the early and accurate diagnoses of cancer and precancerous conditions. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cascade Technologies Corp. 

For more information, visit: www.spectralmi.com 


GLOSSARY
hyperspectral imaging
Methods for identifying and mapping materials through spectroscopic remote sensing. Also called imaging spectroscopy; ultraspectral imaging.
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
polarization
With respect to light radiation, the restriction of the vibrations of the magnetic or electric field vector to a single plane. In a beam of electromagnetic radiation, the polarization direction is the direction of the electric field vector (with no distinction between positive and negative as the field oscillates back and forth). The polarization vector is always in the plane at right angles to the beam direction. Near some given stationary point in space the polarization direction in the beam...
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