This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The main goal of this project is to use Monte Carlo simulations in development of novel fiber optic endoscopes that can simultaneously probe the epithelial and stromal morphology using oblique collection fiber geometry. We will use previously reported scattering properties of human epithelium to predict and to characterize collection efficiency and depth resolution of different probe designs. Design parameters will include source-detector separation;various angles between illumination and collection fibers;fiber diameter;number of collection fibers, etc. We will change optical properties of the epithelium to reflect early cancer development and will optimize probe design to achieve the highest sensitivity to optical changes that are associated with an onset of carcinogenesis. Theoretical predictions will be tested using well defined multi-layered optical phantoms of human epithelium. Successful completion of the project can lead to development of a simple instrument for non-invasive, real time in vivo pre-cancer detection and monitoring via reflectance spectroscopy.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR001192-32
Application #
8362661
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-SBIB-L (40))
Project Start
2011-04-01
Project End
2012-03-31
Budget Start
2011-04-01
Budget End
2012-03-31
Support Year
32
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$4,512
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California Irvine
Department
Physiology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
046705849
City
Irvine
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92697
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