Advanced Spectral Bio-Imaging System SpectraCube wins European IT prize

Brussels 25 November 1997 At the European Information Technology Conference, the jury of this year's European IT competition, organised by the Esprit program in collaboration with the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Euro-CASE, awarded a prize to the SpectraCube based on a new modality of imaging. This intensive technology system using SKY or Spectral Karyotyping is capable of precise location and characterising of genetic aberrations in chromosomes in order to enable better diagnosis and therapy of cancer and genetic abnormalities. Winner of the trophy, the Applied Spectral Imaging (ASI) Ltd company based in Israel, developed the SpectraCube also for prenatal diagnostics research and for many other applications in medicine which are still being developed.

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At the European Information Technology Conference, the jury of this year's European IT competition, organised by the Esprit program in collaboration with the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Euro-CASE, awarded a prize to the SpectraCube based on a new modality of imaging. This intensive technology system using SKY or Spectral Karyotyping is capable of precise location and characterising of genetic aberrations in chromosomes in order to enable better diagnosis and therapy of cancer and genetic abnormalities. Winner of the trophy, the Applied Spectral Imaging (ASI) Ltd company based in Israel, developed the SpectraCube also for prenatal diagnostics research and for many other applications in medicine which are still being developed.

By combining spectroscopy with imaging, the SpectraCube allows mapping of features and materials unseen by eye or by conventional imaging. The system executes measurements of a complete spectrum of every image pixel without the limitations of filters.

At the heart of the ASI system, an optical head consisting of an triangular interferometer, measures the spectrum and a high performance cooled CCD camera takes care of the imaging. The data are examined by means of a computer with powerful spectral image analysis software.

No spatial resolution nor sensitivity has to be sacrificed while definitive spectral data are measured simultaneously at all points in a sample. A simple touch of a mouse button suffices to apply powerful algorithms to the sample's characteristic spectral signatures and to provide unique and quantitative insight into the true nature of this sample.

For more details on the technical functioning of the SpectraCube, we gladly refer to the illustrated ASI site which also has all the information on the prize-winning company in store for you.


Leslie Versweyveld

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