Skin cancer diagnostic tool based on micromachined interface for high-resolution THz spectroscopy

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Coordinator Kungliga tekniska högskolan - Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 5 000 000
Project duration March 2011 - March 2014
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The goal of the project was to develop a novel skin cancer diagnostic tool based on a micromachined millimeter-wave sensor. A sensor was developed in three fabrication runs, technically characterized, and verified by measurements on human skin including a standardized dermatological test for measuring its sensitivity to pathological skin changes.

Results and expected effects

The technical goal of the project was successfully completed. A new skin cancer probe has been developed and its technical parameters (responsivity, long-term stability, operator-dependent reproducibility, resolution) have been characterized. The probe has been tested successfully on human skin and was able to distinguish skin burns, was able to monitor the healing process of burned skin, was able to distinguish benign skin neoplasms, and was able to detect artificially stimulated skin anomalies in a controlled dermatological experiment.

Approach and implementation

The project was carried out in collaboration of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet, and Optiga AB.

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