IUMA researchers present advances in cancer detection using digital techniques

30 APR 2024
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Researchers from the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) have presented three papers on cancer detection using different digital techniques in the field of health at the prestigious SPIE Photonics Europe 2024 congress, held in Strasbourg (France).

This international forum showcases the latest advances in research and development in the field of photonics. The event hosts innovations in various sectors, such as optical communication, biomedical imaging systems, sensors, quantum computing and laser technologies, among others. IUMA's participation in this congress is an opportunity to showcase some of the different lines of research carried out by the Institute.

Innovation in cervical cancer screening. Carlos Vega García, presented his research "Development and Characterization of a Hyperspectral LCTF-based Colposcopic System targeting Early Detection of Cervical Cancer". The study focuses on the development of a hyperspectral imaging system based on LCTF (Liquid-Crystal Tunable Filter) applied to the early detection of cervical cancer. Carlos is a student of the PhD Programme in T2IC at the ULPGC and a contract researcher at the IUMA.

Advances in Hyperspectral Dermastocopy. María Castro Fernándezpresented its study "Visible and Near Infrared LCTF-based Hyperspectral Dermoscope targeting Early Detection of Skin Cancer". The research introduces a hyperspectral dermoscope operating in the visible and near infrared spectrum, designed for early detection of skin cancer. Maria is a student of the PhD programme in T2IC at the ULPGC and a contract researcher at the IUMA.

Critical Analysis in Pathology. Javier Santana Núñez, student of the Master's Degree in Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering (MUSIANI) and contracted through the INVESTIGO programme, presented his work entitled "Analysing Histology Hyperspectral Images: Does Tissue Thickness Matter?" His work investigates the relevance of the thickness of breast cancer tissue in hyperspectral histological images, providing relevant information for diagnostic accuracy in pathology.

This work has been directed by the Dr. Gustavo Marrero CallicóProfessor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and coordinator of the research group IUMA: Design of Integrated Electronic Systems for Data Processing (IUMA-DSI).

Participation in SPIE Photonics Europe 2024 highlights the quality of the research being carried out at the ULPGC, as well as its commitment to innovation and continuous improvement in the field of early cancer detection. These advances represent a step towards improving diagnostic techniques and reducing the impact of subsequent treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of patients.

María, Carlos and Javier at the SPIE Congress 2024