Miniature Optical Endoscopes for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

Miniature Optical Endoscopes for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

January 9, 2019

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

January 23, 2019, 12:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Jennifer Kehlet Barton, PhD, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Director, BIO5 Institute, The University of Arizona, Tucson

Optical imaging techniques have been shown to be highly sensitive to early stages of cancer. We have examined techniques including optical coherence tomography, fluorescence imaging, and multiphoton imaging in mouse models of ovarian cancer as well as human samples of fallopian tube and ovary. These studies suggest that ovarian cancer is detectable at microscopic as well as macroscopic scales. To implement early detection in vivo, a method of reaching the ovaries and fallopian tubes in a minimally invasive fashion must be found. We are developing endoscopes which travel a variety of paths through the female reproductive system, and incorporate one or more of the optical modalities.