IAA – Eyes on target endoscope

Project: Research council

Project Details


Throughout the UKRI EPSRC fellowship “next generation endoscopes” (NGE) we developed endoscopic tools for diagnosis of early stage lung cancers. The tools incorporate our bespoke optical fibre technology developed specifically for clinical use, a unique strength of healthcare photonics research in Bath. Looking towards to commercialisation, it became clear from interactions with leading clinicians that a versatile first product to carry forward would be an “eyes on target” endoscopic biopsy tool. Currently any endoscopic imaging tool must be removed before a physical biopsy is taken. This leads to significant inaccuracy and inefficiency in healthcare systems worldwide. Our endoscopic tool would incorporate our optical fibre technology from next generation endoscopes and crucially a hollow channel to insert biopsy tools through. This tool will allow for the first time a clinician to take a precise biopsy from deep in the distal lung looking directly at the target tissue. This will be a significant step forward for clinical efficiency, confidence, and accuracy in the diagnosis of disease deep within the distal lung.
Effective start/end date1/07/2130/06/22


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


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