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ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy Tools for Medical Diagnosis and Disease Investigation

  • Maria Paraskevaidi
  • Pierre L. Martin-Hirsch
  • Francis L. MartinEmail author
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Abstract

Vibrational spectroscopic techniques are increasingly utilized in biomedical research. Attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy has been applied extensively to investigate various diseases by determining the chemical and molecular differences coming with the disease. Being label-free, nondestructive, and inexpensive, biospectroscopy could potentially make a perfect diagnostic tool in the years to come.

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Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all our collaborators over the years and all the study participants who have contributed to our research. The kind generosity of Rosemere Cancer Foundation in supporting our studies is also acknowledged; M.P. is a current recipient of one of their PhD studentships. We would also like to thank our colleagues at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Trust who have selflessly facilitated many of our studies over the years. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the manufacturers for permission to copy and republish images of their instruments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Paraskevaidi
    • 1
  • Pierre L. Martin-Hirsch
    • 2
  • Francis L. Martin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Pharmacy and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyCentral Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustPrestonUK

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