Fiber diffraction of skin and nails provides an accurate diagnosis of malignancies

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  • Veronica J. James

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    1. Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia
    • Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
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Abstract

An early diagnosis of malignancies correlates directly with a better prognosis. Yet for many malignancies there are no readily available, noninvasive, cost-effective diagnostic tests with patients often presenting too late for effective treatment. This article describes for the first time the use of fiber diffraction patterns of skin or fingernails, using X-ray sources, as a biometric diagnostic method for detecting neoplastic disorders including but not limited to melanoma, breast, colon and prostate cancers. With suitable further development, an early low-cost, totally noninvasive yet reliable diagnostic test could be conducted on a regular basis in local radiology facilities, as a confirmatory test for other diagnostic procedures or as a mass screening test using suitable small angle X-ray beam-lines at synchrotrons. © 2009 UICC

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