Sensing cancer: resistance is futile

The assessment of biological tissue is an essential part of medical diagnoses for many diseases. From the discovery of abnormal lumps to the monitoring of skin conditions over time, measurement of one or more properties of tissue can deliver vital information to medical professionals, helping them make the best decisions for the patient.

Read a recent publication by ReSolve’s Technical Director, Dr James Chandler, discussing some of the challenges of using an electrochemical based technique for tissue assessment here.

Quantitative measurement techniques provide the ability to objectively determine the status or health of tissue. This brings with it the possibility of faster and more accurate diagnosis, and improved treatments through robust clinical studies.

Leveraging the capabilities of new technologies and measurement techniques commonly applied within fields far removed from medicine has and will yield improved diagnostic and intervention techniques. This was the focus of research carried out by James during his PhD studies. In particular, this work, funded by Cancer Research UK, investigated the measurement capabilities of electrochemical techniques when applied to colonic tissues with potential application in key-hole cancer surgery. This technique indirectly measures electrical resistance, which varies depending on the health and status of the tissue.

We are currently working on a project supported by the IMPRESS network to develop a tool for assessing skin health using electrochemical techniques. This could have implications for diabetic patients who suffer from lesions and ulcers on their skin.

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