Abstract by Alessandra Hoopes
Pam Van Ry
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Identifying Fibrotic Tissue Using THz Spectroscopy
Electromagnetic radiation at terahertz (THz) frequencies has the ability to show spectral signatures of specific biomarkers. Our goal is to use THz spectroscopy to identify fibrotic lung tissue in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a fatal and incurable progressive lung disease. We are attempting to do this by 1) creating a high-speed THz imaging system and 2) correlating THz images of tissue samples with the optical histology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. We are currently working on constructing a high-speed system and optimizing the process to image tissue samples. Ultimately, we hope to develop an objective and reliable diagnosis method for IPF that could allow earlier diagnosis for some patients.