chapter  15
Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Biomedical Diagnostics
ByTuan Vo-Dinh, Brian M. Cullum
Pages 58

In the past several decades, uorescence spectroscopy has had a dramatic eect on many dierent elds of research. One such eld that has seen signicant advancements is that of biomedical diagnostics. Within this eld, uorescence spectroscopy has been applied to the analysis of many dierent types of samples, ranging from individual biochemical species (e.g., nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide [NADH], tryptophan) to organs of living people. ese studies have given rise to new methods for the early or noninvasive diagnosis of various medical conditions, including tooth decay, atherosclerosis, heart arrhythmia, cancer, and many others.