optical spectroscopy

Definition / meaning of optical spectroscopy

In medicine, a technique that uses low power light, fiberoptic instruments, and detectors to examine tissue. It is being studied as a way to identify differences between normal cells and cells that may become cancer, and as a way to identify cancer cells that remain in the edges of tumor tissue removed from a patient.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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