Physiological and pathological factors of human breast disease that can influence optical diagnosis.

@article{Thomsen1998PhysiologicalAP,
  title={Physiological and pathological factors of human breast disease that can influence optical diagnosis.},
  author={Susanne Thomsen and Dana A Tatman},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={1998},
  volume={838},
  pages={171-93}
}
The 'normal' human female breast is a very complex organ that changes considerably during development, pregnancy and menopause. In addition, it is an excretory organ that, during lactation, discharges various metabolites and certain drugs that can be optically active. Optical diagnosis of breast cancers requires detection of differential concentrations of 1) various absorbers and scatterers or 2) native or exogenous fluorophores to distinguish cancers from surrounding 'normal' and benign breast… CONTINUE READING

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