Accurate in vivo tumor detection using plasmonic-enhanced shifted-excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS).

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For the majority of cancer patients, surgery is the primary method of treatment. In these cases, accurately removing the entire tumor without harming surrounding tissue is critical; however, due to the lack of intraoperative imaging techniques, surgeons rely on visual and physical inspection to identify tumors. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is emerging as a non-invasive optical alternative for intraoperative tumor identification, with high accuracy and stability. However, Raman detection requires dark rooms to work, which is not consistent with surgical settings. Methods: Herein, we used SERS nanoprobes combined with shifted-excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS) detection, to accurately detect tumors in xenograft murine model. Results: We demonstrate for the first time the use of SERDS for in vivo tumor detection in a murine model under ambient light conditions. We compare traditional Raman detection with SERDS, showing that our method can improve sensitivity and accuracy for this task. Conclusion: Our results show that this method can be used to improve the accuracy and robustness of in vivo Raman/SERS biomedical application, aiding the process of clinical translation of these technologies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Strobbia, P; Cupil-Garcia, V; Crawford, BM; Fales, AM; Pfefer, TJ; Liu, Y; Maiwald, M; Sumpf, B; Vo-Dinh, T

Published Date

  • January 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 4090 - 4102

PubMed ID

  • 33754050

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7977455

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1838-7640

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1838-7640

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7150/thno.53101


  • eng