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Evaluation of a Multispectral Vision Enhancement System for Assessment of Oral Mucosal Lesions

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 13, 2007
Last updated: July 26, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

To obtain data to evaluate whether multispectral digital imaging can assist clinicians to screen for premalignant lesions in the oral cavity. Our system will illuminate tissue with monochromatic light to excite fluorescence, and polarized white light to generate reflectance, exposing abnormalities for real time, clinical diagnosis.

Primary Objectives:

  1. To compare fluorescence images of oral mucosa lesions, obtained at 350 nm, 380 nm, 400 nm, and 450 nm excitation, to standard white light images and pathologic analysis of biopsied tissue.
  2. To compare reflectance images of oral mucosa lesion, obtained using broadband polarized light, to standard white light images and pathologic analysis of biopsied tissue.
  3. To develop algorithms to discriminate between normal and abnormal tissue
  4. To analyze images to determine which type of optical information (or combination thereof) yields the most diagnostically useful data

Condition Intervention
Oral Cancer
Behavioral: Interview

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of a Multispectral Vision Enhancement System for Assessment of Oral Mucosal Lesions

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate new imaging technology, MDM (Multispectral Digital Microscope), as a tool for early diagnosis of oral neoplasia [ Time Frame: 4 Years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Pictures of suspicious and normal oral cavity lesions along with small sample of oral lesion (2-4 mm each, the size of a small eraser) will be removed or biopsied from the areas imaged.

Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: July 2005
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients with lesions of the oral cavity mucosa.
Behavioral: Interview
Interview taking about 10 minutes to complete.

Detailed Description:

All tissue and cells are made of tiny particles that give off small amounts of light. This light is called fluorescence. Scientists have learned that cancerous cells and normal cells give off different amounts and different types of fluorescence. Scientists need to better understand whether fluorescence from the oral cavity (mouth) can be used to tell which cells are abnormal. This information can help doctors detect pre-cancers.

In order to better understand fluorescence, researchers at the Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Lab, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University have developed an instrument that can collect and analyze fluorescence without surgically removing any tissue or touching the tissue. This instrument takes pictures of oral cavity fluorescence through a microscope. The instrument also takes regular live pictures. Scientists hope to study the pictures to better understand the differences in fluorescence from normal and abnormal cells. The instrument is a standard medical microscope similar to ones used by doctors in their offices to examine people's ears. Researchers have attached a special light source to the microscope that provides different colors of light. In addition, the microscope has a digital camera attached to it so that the researchers can record what they see with the different light colors.

In this study, a clinician will use the instrument to take pictures of suspicious and normal oral cavity lesions. A small sample of the oral lesion (2-4 mm each, the size of a small eraser) will be removed or biopsied from the areas that are imaged. A portion of both the suspicious and normal areas will be taken to pathology for evaluation. The biopsy from the normal appearing area is a biopsy that is additional to those you will receive as part of your standard of care. Each participant will have 2-4 biopsies performed, depending upon how many areas the examiner feels may be suspicious. Most people who take part in this study will be having surgery to remove lesions in the oral cavity anyway, so the biopsies will be performed at the time of surgery. For those participants who are not scheduled to have surgery, the biopsies will be performed under local anesthesia in the clinic.

All data will be numerically coded to ensure your confidentiality.

In addition to the pictures taken and the biopsy, a brief interview will be performed by the clinical research staff to discuss possible past local therapies and your personal history of tobacco and alcohol use. The interview should take about 10 minutes to complete.

You will not be told of any of the experimental findings. Information confirming the diagnosis will be made available to your treating physician. After this visit and tissue collection, your participation in this study will be complete.

This is an investigational study. A total of 45 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients with lesions of the oral cavity mucosa.


Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects with lesions of the oral cavity mucosa or suspicious for malignancy or premalignancy.
  2. Subjects with the ability and willingness to sign an informed consent and authorization.
  3. Subjects who develop new lesions or alterations in long-standing lesions are eligible, but not required, for re-examination with informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Persons who are medically unfit to undergo superficial punch biopsies of oral mucosa.
  2. Persons under the age of 18.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00502580

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Ann M. Gillenwater, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00502580     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-0684
Study First Received: July 13, 2007
Last Updated: July 26, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Oral Cancer
Multispectral Digital Microscope
Multispectral Digital Imaging
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