Optical Coherence Tomography Scanning Arm for Laryngoscopy

Sponsor
University of California Irvine — Department of Otolaryngology
Year
2003 – 2004
Advisors
  • Richard C Haskell
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Orwin
  • Robert P Wolf
Team
Seneca S. Harberger (’05)
River L. [Hutchison] Clemens (’04)
Rachel J. [Lovec] Currie (’04)
Nikhil Gheewala (’04)
Tonya Icenogle (’04)

Currently laryngeal cancer can only be diagnosed with biopsies which are invasive, permanently damaging, and can miss cancerous tissue.  Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an imaging technique that non-invasively images several millimeters into tissue to seek structural abnormalities, which can indicate cancer.  We will design and construct an OCT device for attachments to a laryngoscope that will image two-dimensional cross-sections in the larynx, for the purpose of diagnosing laryngeal cancer in its early stages.

The Physics Clinic program presents opportunities for students to work on practical projects relevant to industrial work. Students work on teams of 3–5 on a sponsored research or development project.