A blinded study using laser induced endogenous fluorescence spectroscopy to differentiate ex vivo spine tumor, healthy muscle, and healthy bone.

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Sperber, Jacob
Zachem, Tanner J
Prakash, Ravi
Owolo, Edwin
Yamamoto, Kent
Nguyen, Annee D
Hockenberry, Harrison
Ross, Weston A
Herndon, James E
Codd, Patrick J

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Ten patients undergoing surgical resection for spinal tumors were selected. Samples of tumor, muscle, and bone were resected, de-identified by the treating surgeon, and then scanned with the TumorID technology ex vivo. This study investigates whether TumorID technology is able to differentiate three different human clinical fresh tissue specimens: spine tumor, normal muscle, and normal bone. The TumorID technology utilizes a 405 nm excitation laser to target endogenous fluorophores, thereby allowing for the detection of tissue based on emission spectra. Metabolic profiles of tumor and healthy tissue vary, namely NADH (bound and free emission peak, respectively: 487 nm, 501 nm) and FAD (emission peak: 544) are endogenous fluorophores with distinct concentrations in tumor and healthy tissue. Emission spectra analyzed consisted of 74 scans of spine tumor, 150 scans of healthy normal bone, and 111 scans of healthy normal muscle. An excitation wavelength of 405 nm was used to obtain emission spectra from tissue as previously described. Emission spectra consisted of approximately 1400 wavelength intensity pairs between 450 and 750 nm. Kruskal-Wallis tests were conducted comparing AUC distributions for each treatment group, α = 0.05. Spectral signatures varied amongst the three different tissue types. All pairwise comparisons among tissues for Free NADH were statistically significant (Tumor vs. Muscle: p = 0.0006, Tumor vs. Bone: p < 0.0001, Bone vs. Muscle: p = 0.0357). The overall comparison of tissues for FAD (506.5-581.5 nm) was also statistically significant (p < 0.0001), with two pairwise comparisons being statistically significant (Tumor vs. Muscle: p < 0.0001, Tumor vs. Bone: p = 0.0045, Bone vs. Muscle: p = 0.249). These statistically significant differences were maintained when stratifying tumor into metastatic carcinoma (N = 57) and meningioma (N = 17). TumorID differentiates tumor tissue from normal bone and normal muscle providing further clinical evidence of its efficacy as a tissue identification tool. Future studies should evaluate TumorID's ability to serve as an adjunctive tool for intraoperative assessment of surgical margins and surgical decision-making.





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Sperber, Jacob, Tanner J Zachem, Ravi Prakash, Edwin Owolo, Kent Yamamoto, Annee D Nguyen, Harrison Hockenberry, Weston A Ross, et al. (2024). A blinded study using laser induced endogenous fluorescence spectroscopy to differentiate ex vivo spine tumor, healthy muscle, and healthy bone. Scientific reports, 14(1). p. 1921. 10.1038/s41598-023-50995-4 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/30030.

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