SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SpectraScience, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SCIE), a San Diego-based medical device company, today announced that it has shipped its non-invasive WavSTAT(R) Optical Biopsy System to the University of Southern California to demonstrate the clinical value of the Optical Biopsy System as an adjunctive tool to improve clinical sensitivity in identifying dysplasia or cancer in the esophagus. This marks the final phase of a study which has been conducted over the past three years.
Earlier this month, SpectraScience announced that it had delivered WavSTAT Systems to the Mayo Clinic and San Diego VA Hospital for similar studies. Other participants in the study include Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A. and the Boston University VA Hospital.
Jim Hitchin, CEO of SpectraScience, commented, "We are pleased to be moving forward with our clinical study to demonstrate the value of the WavSTAT System in screening for esophageal cancers and pre-cancers, and believe that the System can be instrumental in helping doctors more reliably and efficiently detect pre-cancerous tissue at sufficiently early stages to provide more effective treatment."
The WavSTAT Optical Biopsy System was approved by the FDA in November of 2000 as safe and effective for adjunctive use during endoscopy of the colon to improve a physician's sensitivity to identify pre-cancerous polyps. The System also received the CE Mark in Europe in September 2007. The approved WavSTAT System uses a low power, non-significant risk laser to scan tissue and instantaneously help the physician determine whether small polyps are normal or pre-cancerous without physically removing the tissue. If polyps are determined to be pre-cancerous, they can be removed during the same procedure.
Current standards of care dictate that if a patient has severe chronic
symptoms of heartburn, an endoscopy of the esophagus may be warranted and,
|SOURCE SpectraScience, Inc.|
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