Grant ID RP240289
Awarded On February 21, 2024
Title Real-time, label-free, micro HSI device and transformer-based attention networks for oral cancer imaging
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator/Program Director Baowei Fei
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $1,049,806
Lay Summary

Oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma affects millions worldwide and has low survival rates due to delayed diagnosis and poor outcome of advanced diseases. The current standard for oral cancer screening is conventional oral examination under normal light by dentists. If an oral lesion is suspicious, a scalpel biopsy will be followed for definite diagnosis. However, biopsy is invasive, involves patient discomfort, and has risks such as bleeding and infection. Several assays, such as fluorescence imaging, have been employed as adjuncts to detect alterations in oral tissue indicative of malignancy. However, they are not suitable for point-of-care (POC) applications that require real-ti...

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