Prediction potential of IR-micro spectroscopy for colon cancer relapse

Ranjit K. Sahu, Shmuel Argov, Shlomo Walfisch, Evgeny Bogomolny, Raymond Moreh, Shaul Mordechai

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This study aimed to determine the potential of IR-spectroscopy to diagnose abnormality in histologically normal resection margins for predicting relapse in colon cancer patients. The present study evaluates potential abnormal crypt proliferation in histologically normal resection margins. Resection margins of 10 colon cancer patients (adenocarcinoma) (27 biopsies in all), found completely normal by standard histology were re-evaluated. Fourier transform infrared microscopy (FTIR-MSP) was performed on the longitudinal sections of the crypt, and spectral data collected from the base, middle and top portion of crypts. Absorbance in the region 900-1185 cm-1 arising from carbohydrates and nucleic acids was found to be the most effective variate for such evaluation. In total 225 crypts were classified after assessing the levels of abnormality observed by the above technique. The abnormal biopsies detected using the above optical method was correlated with a relapse in the patient's history. Patients who had a relapse had at least one abnormal biopsy (crypt) based on the present methodology. Among the patients, the only case without a relapse was also the case where no abnormal crypts were found in any biopsies from the resection margins. The agreement between the biopsy status, as determined by the optical methodology, and the relapse of colonic malignancy based on the patients' medical files, establishes the translational nature of FTIR-MSP for medical purposes and hints at future clinical evaluation of the biopsies using this technique to determine more precisely the zone of excision during anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-544
Number of pages7
JournalThe Analyst
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


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