Near Infrared Optical Imager – IP 1001

Florida International University (FIU) is seeking a business partner to develop and commercialize a portable Handheld Near-infrared Optical Imager. Existing diagnostic imaging techniques of breast cancer include X-ray mammography, computer tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear imaging. These conventional techniques may be limited by poor resolution, use of harmful ionizing radiation, lack of portability, and/or inexpensive instrumentation. Hand-held based optical imaging systems have been developed in recent years for clinical applications of the imaging technology. Although these systems represent an alternative to the conventional bulky optical imaging systems, they may be limited by having only flat measuring probe heads that cannot conform to different tissue curvatures and may not be capable of performing three-dimensional tomographic studies. FIU technology allows creating a 3D mesh representing a 3D object using two probes of an imaging system. The flexible probes conform to the shape of the 3D object, illuminate the object at a face of each probe head, and receive the light reflected from and/or transmitted through the 3D object at the surface of the object using a detection system. The reflectance and transillumination image data collected by the detection system are co-registered with the previously acquired 3D mesh using data from a tracking system monitoring the position of each probe, displayed in real-time. Shantanu Balkundi sbalkund@fiu.edu 305-348-8061

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