NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB: GTHP) (OTCQB: GTHP) today announced that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a new patent with 22 claims that support the technology behind the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan.
Patent number 8,781,560 B2 entitled “Method and Apparatus for Rapid Detection and Diagnosis of Tissue Abnormalities” covers the use of two types of spectroscopy in conjunction with images of tissue to detect abnormalities in tissue. Most importantly, the inventions described in the patent function as an additional bridge from theoretical models of tissue spectroscopy to a fully functional, commercially viable cancer detection system that can be utilized as a platform for many types of epithelial cancers.
“This is an important patent that extends additional protections to key aspects of the underlying technology that make LuViva such a powerful tool in the early detection of disease that leads to cervical cancer,” said Gene Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer of Guided Therapeutics. “Our intellectual property creates a foundation on which we build shareholder value and we will continue to aggressively develop additional patents in the U.S. and worldwide.”
Guided Therapeutics now holds 21 patents with four additional patents pending for its light-based biophotonic disease detection technology. For more information, visit www.guidedinc.com/Patents.htm.
About LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan
LuViva is a technologically advanced diagnostic device that scans the cervix with light and uses spectroscopy to measure how light interacts with the cervical tissue. Spectroscopy identifies chemical and structural indicators of precancer that may be below the surface of the cervix or misdiagnosed as benign. This technique is called biophotonics. Unlike Pap, HPV tests or biopsies, LuViva does not require laboratory analysis or a tissue sample, and is designed to provide results immediately, which eliminates costly, painful and unnecessary testing. LuViva is designed for use with women who have undergone initial screening and are called back for follow up with a colposcopy examination, which in many cases, involves taking a biopsy of the cervix. The device is used in conjunction with the LuViva® Cervical Guide single-use patient interface and calibration disposable.
About Guided Therapeutics
Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB: GTHP) (OTCQB: GTHP) is the maker of a rapid and painless testing platform based on its patented biophotonic technology that utilizes light for the early detection of disease at the cellular level. The Company’s first product is the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan, a non-invasive device used to detect cervical disease instantly and at the point of care. In a multi-center clinical trial, with women at risk for cervical disease, the technology was able to detect cervical cancer up to two years earlier than conventional modalities, according to published reports. Guided Therapeutics is also developing a non-invasive test for the early detection of esophageal cancer using the technology platform. For more information, visit: www.guidedinc.com.
The Guided Therapeutics LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan is an investigational device and is limited by federal law to investigational use. LuViva, the wave logo and "Early detection, better outcomes" are registered trademarks owned by Guided Therapeutics, Inc.
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