|Awarded On||May 18, 2016|
|Title||Rapid Molecular Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Biopsies by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry|
|Award Mechanism||High Impact/High Risk|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Livia Schiavinato Eberlin|
|Cancer Sites||Lung and Bronchus|
Evaluation of biopsy material from a suspicious lesion is common screening method to diagnose many cancers. In particular, fine needles aspiration (FNA) techniques are used daily as a minimally invasive procedure to remove a small piece of tissue from a lung lesion. After removed by an interventional radiologist, a cytopathologist performs a variety of staining methods on the tissue and evaluates the cell composition using a microscope. Besides defining if the lesion has cancer cells or not, the cytopathologist strives to characterize the cancer type, as this information can affect the treatment options. Although used for over a hundred years, the results depend on the doctor’s skills in det...