Dissertation Defense: Kelli Kiekens "Design and Fabrication of Transportable Micro-Endoscope Systems"

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 11:00am

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    Early cancer detection is made possible by effective screening mechanisms such as colonoscopies and mammograms. Unfortunately, not all types of cancer have effective screening mechanisms. Ovarian cancer is one such example. Recent studies have indicated that ovarian cancer may originate in the Fallopian tubes. An effective screening mechanism would be able to image inside the Fallopian tubes with advanced imaging techniques.

    The geometry of the female reproductive tract is such that an endoscope could be introduced vaginally and travel through the Fallopian tubes.  The device would need to be flexible, less than 1mm in diameter, and biocompatible to be potentially useful as a screening technique. This dissertation defense discusses solutions to the engineering challenges involved in making such an endoscope. The discussed endoscope performs reflectance and fluorescence imaging and well as optical coherence tomography. A small number of these endoscopes have been constructed and baseline tested for performance and are now ready for clinical trials.