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SpectraScience Awarded Patent for Correcting Image Misalignment
Date:8/13/2008

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SpectraScience, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SCIE), a San Diego-based medical devices company, today announced that it has been awarded a patent for correcting image misalignment between at least two images in a sequence of images due at least in part to tissue sample movement. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,406,215, is titled "Methods and systems for correcting image misalignment."

Jim Hitchin, SpectraScience's CEO, commented, "This is another key patent in our broad patent portfolio that furthers our commitment at SpectraScience to develop better, more reliable cancer screening technologies.

The patent is important to the Company's optical biopsy technology because, in screening for some forms of cancer, the optical response of the tissue is captured in a sequence of images that are characterized by analyzing the time-dependent response of the tissue as recorded in the sequence. During this type of screening, the tissue may move while images are being taken, resulting in a spatial shift within the image frame field. Being able to correct for this shift increases the effectiveness of the optical biopsy procedure. Tissue movement can be caused by the natural movement of the patient during the procedure, which can occur despite a patient's attempts to remain completely still. This patent provides for an accurate analysis of the sequence of images which would otherwise be misaligned due to movement of the tissue.

Hitchin added, Accurate imaging is critical to earlier and more effective identification of abnormal, pre-cancerous and/or cancerous tissue, and this invention provides methods of determining a correction for a misalignment in the imaging process that will make our screening devices more powerful to the physician and more important to the patient."

SpectraScience has filed for 60 patents worldwide on its WavSTAT(R) Optical Biopsy System and LUMA(R) Cervical Imaging System that are use
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