Sarah Erickson

sarah-ericksonSarah Erickson, PhD
EC 2677
Phone (lab): (305) 348-0020
Fax: (305) 348-6954

Curriculum Vitae

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areas of interest

Cancer diagnostics; diffuse optical imaging; clinical translation; near-infrared; deep tissue imaging; 3D tomography

research interests

Sarah Erickson’s doctoral research at the Optical Imaging Laboratory is focused on breast tissue imaging using a novel hand-held optical imaging device.  Optical imaging using near-infrared light is a safe, non-ionizing, and non-invasive method for deep tissue imaging.  The unique features of the device include its flexibility to contour to different breast tissue geometries and self-coregistration facilities to enable 3D tomography.

The Optical Imaging Laboratory is currently working with Sylvester Cancer Center and an independent breast surgeon to test the device in breast cancer patients.  Preliminary studies have demonstrated the ability of the device to image invasive ductal carcinoma in human breast tissue using diffuse optical imaging (DOI).  Ongoing and future work will involve using the device to distinguish benign and malignant lesions and performing fluorescence-enhanced DOI using the fluorescent contrast agent indocyanine green.  The work is funded by a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society and Canary Foundation.

5 recent manuscripts

  1. S.J. Erickson, A. Godavarty, S.L. Martinez, J. Gonzalez, A. Romero, M. Roman, A. Nunez, J. Ge, S. Regalado, R. Kiszonas, and Cristina Lopez-Penalver.  “Hand-held optical devices for breast cancer: spectroscopy and 3D tomographic imaging,” (invited paper) IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (submitted, 2011).
  2. S.J. Erickson, S.L. Martinez, J. Gonzalez, L. Caldera, and A. Godavarty.  “Improved detection limits using a hand-held optical imager with coregistration capabilities,” Biomedical Optics Express 1, 126-134 (2010).
  3. S.J. Erickson, J. Ge, A. Sanchez, and A. Godavarty. “Two-dimensional fast surface imaging using a hand-held optical device: in-vitro and in-vivo fluorescence studies,” Translational Oncology 3(1): 16-22 (2010).
  4. S. Regalado, S. J. Erickson, B. Zhu, J. Ge, and A. Godavarty.  “Automated coregistered imaging using a hand-held probe-based optical imager,”  Review of Scientific Instruments 81: 023702 (2010).
  5. S.J. Erickson and A. Godavarty.  “Hand-Held Based Near-Infrared Optical Imaging Systems: A Review” Medical Engineering and Physics 31, 495-509 (2009).