Tanja Gabrecht

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Time-resolved measurements of tissue autofluorescence (AF) excited at 405 nm were carried out with an optical-fiber-based spectrometer in the bronchi of 11 patients. The objectives consisted of assessing the lifetime as a new tumor/normal (T/N) tissue contrast parameter and trying to explain the origin of the contrasts observed when using AF-based cancer(More)
Autofluorescence (AF) from bronchial tissue is increasingly used for the endoscopic detection of early bronchial neoplasia. Several imaging systems are commercially available, all detecting the absolute or relative AF intensity and/or spectral contrasts between normal tissue and early neoplastic lesions. These devices have a high sensitivity for flat(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) based on the use of photoactivable porphyrins, such as protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), induced by the topical application of amino-levulinic acid (ALA) or its derivatives, ALA methyl-ester (m-ALA), is a treatment for superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC), with complete response rates of over 80%. However, in the case of deep,(More)
Autofluorescence bronchoscopy (AFB) has been shown to be a highly sensitive tool for the detection of early endobronchial cancers. When excited with blue-violet light, early neoplasia in the bronchi tend to show a decrease of autofluorescence in the green region of the spectrum and a relatively smaller decrease in the red region of the spectrum. Superposing(More)
The unfailing detection of micrometastases during surgery of patients suffering from ovarian cancer is mandatory for the optimal management of this disease. Thus, the present study aimed at determining the feasibility of detecting micrometastases in an ovarian cancer model using the intraperitoneal administration of the photosensitiser precursor(More)
Autofluorescence (AF) imaging is a powerful tool for the detection of (pre-)neoplastic lesions in the bronchi. Several endoscopic imaging systems exploit the spectral and intensity contrast of AF between healthy and (pre-)neoplastic bronchial tissues, yet, the mechanisms underlying these contrasts are poorly understood. In this report, the effect of(More)
We present the design of a sterilizable optical reference to characterize and quantify the inter-patient variations in tissue autofluorescence during autofluorescence bronchoscopy with Richard Wolf's diagnostic autofluorescence endoscopy (DAFE) system. The reference was designed to have optical and spectral properties similar to those of the human bronchial(More)
BACKGROUND Autofluorescence bronchoscopy (AFB) is a highly sensitive tool for the detection of early bronchial cancers. However, its specificity remains limited due to primarily false positive results induced by hyperplasia, metaplasia and inflammation. We have investigated the potential of blue-violet backscattered light to eliminate false positive results(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Barrett's esophagus is strongly associated with adenocarcinoma. Early malignant transformation of the Barrett's mucosa is often not visible endoscopically and may remain undetected until the invasive adenocarcinoma stage. Endoscopic surveillance is currently carried out on random four-quadrant biopsies at 1-2 cm intervals.(More)
To detect bronchial carcinoma by autofluorescence, we measured the spectra of tumor and normal tissue in situ, in an in vivo model and in vitro by fiber optic spectrometer and two-dimensional resolved microspectroscopy. The in situ measurements were performed in bronchi of nine patients with squamous cell carcinoma during regular bronchoscopy with(More)