Fiber-Optic Array Scanning Technology for Cancer Detection

Detection of cancer cells in blood is an important tool for diagnosis and monitoring of solid tumors in early stages, as well as during and post-therapy. Scientists at the nonprofit research institute SRI International have employed a rare cell detection to characterize and identify new predictive protein biomarkers on circulating tumor cells (CTC) from patient blood samples. The Fiber-Optic Array Scanning Technology (FAST) laser can scan 25 million white blood cells in one minute.