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Fibre optic microscope offers cancer and disease detection benefits

17th April 2014

A portable, reusable endoscopic microscope has been developed using fibre optic technology that could offer a wide variety of functional benefits.

Created by Timothy Muldoon, an engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas, the inexpensive device is capable of producing high-resolution sub-cellular images of tissue in real time.

It is built from a single fibre optic bundle that includes thousands of flexible small-calibre fibres. Roughly one mm in diameter, it can be inserted into the biopsy channel of a standard endoscope, allowing users to see early stages of cell deformations that could lead to precancerous conditions.

The microscope is currently being assessed as a means of diagnosing and monitoring colorectal cancer, while it could also be useful in the management of breast cancer, inflammation and other conditions.

Mr Muldoon, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, said: "My dream is to disseminate this technology to a broad scope of medical facilities – hospitals and various clinics, of course, but also to take it into underserved and rural, even remote, areas."

The researcher has extensive expertise in the fields of high-resolution microendoscopy, molecule-specific optical probes and high-speed spectroscopic imaging.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801713551-ADNFCR

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