Early detection of oral cancer - Is dielectrophoresis the answer?

Lionel M. Broche, Navneet Bhadal, Mark P. Lewis, Stephen Porter, Michael P. Hughes, Fatima H. Labeed

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The early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma by non-invasive methods has the potential to hasten diagnosis and thus lessen the morbidity associated with tumour therapy. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) can non-invasively determine electrophysiological parameters such as conductivity and permittivity of cellular cytoplasm and membrane. The present study demonstrates that DEP can be utilised to characterise H357 and UP cells and reveals that there are significant differences in these parameters between malignant and more normal epithelial cell lines. The present results suggest that DEP has potential for the early detection of cancerous from non-cancerous cells in a clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
JournalOral Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Carcinoma
  • Characterization
  • Conductivity
  • Cytoplasm
  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Keratinocyte
  • Membrane
  • Separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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