Timely detection of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma with non-invasive modalities like nonlinear spectral imaging (NLSI) can ensure efficient preventive or therapeutic measures for patients. In this study, in vivo NLSI was used to study spectral characteristics in murine skin treated with 7, 12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene. The results show that NLSI could detect emission spectral changes during the early preclinical stages of skin carcinogenesis. Analyzing these emission spectra using simulated bandpass filters at 450-460 nm and 525-535 nm, gave parameters that were expressed as a ratio. This ratio was increased and thus suggestive of elevated metabolic activity in early stages of skin carcinogenesis.

doi.org/10.1364/BOE.5.004281, hdl.handle.net/1765/87333
Biomedical Optics Express
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Thomas, G., van Voskuilen, J., Truong, H., Song, J.-Y., Gerritsen, H., & Sterenborg, D. (2014). In vivo nonlinear spectral imaging as a tool to monitor early spectroscopic and metabolic changes in a murine cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma model. Biomedical Optics Express, 5(12), 4281–4299. doi:10.1364/BOE.5.004281