Skin cancer is a disease of the twenty-first century mainly caused by the excessive exposure to the sun without the appropriate solar protection. Melanoma, which is one of the most aggressive kinds of skin cancer, requires a rapid and effective diagnosis. Clinical examination and biopsies have shown to be slow and costly in many ways, so the possibility of getting a non-invasive optical detection of skin melanomas became a hot topic in biophotonics. In this context, multispectral imaging systems have approached the problem, but none of them worked inside the infrared range yet. Hence, this work has been proposed as an interesting, long-term project to further investigate about the possibilities of infrared imaging spectroscopy for the early detection of skin cancer, especially melanomas.
Laura Rey, Francisco J. Burgos-Fernández, Xana Delpueyo, Miguel Ares, Santiago Royo, Josep Malvehy, Susana Puig, Meritxell Vilaseca, "Infrared Imaging Spectroscopic System for the Detection of Skin Cancer: Preliminary results" in Proc. IS&T 25th Color and Imaging Conf., 2017, pp 345 - 350, https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2169-2629.2017.25.345