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The patent applications (including any patents issuing therefrom or claiming priority thereto) intended for licensure describe and claim a terahertz (THz) imaging system that may overcome the limitations of existing systems by using the near-field effect at THz frequencies to provide micron-scale spatial resolution. Additionally, the THz imaging system describes a sensor head geometry that eliminates the requirement to mechanically scan samples, and also allows automatic adjustment of image resolution and transmitted power. The claimed system has no moving components and is therefore potentially suitable for medical applications such as cancer diagnosis of living subjects in hospital settings. In one application, such as “one-cut” surgery, the compact sensor head of the system may have the capability of distinguishing healthy cells from cancerous cells with micron-scale spatial resolution by identifying a skin cancer margin without the need for laboratory work or the possibility of additional surgery.
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