Percutaneous Biopsy System Using a Smart Multicore Needle

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a research program from the National Institutes of Health, to develop a smart biopsy system using a multicore needle, which is intended to substantially improve sampling efficacy and adequacy in percutaneous core needle biopsy procedures.

The custom design of the needle will allow for threading an optical probe through the bore of the needle to investigate the heterogeneity and the pH of the tissue before collecting the biopsy specimens. The new smart biopsy multicore needle will enable the interventional radiologist to make an informed decision about choosing the best area of the tumor from which a biopsy core should be sampled. The real-time information provided by the optical probe will be presented in a manner that is easy to comprehend (bar chart of tissue composition), enabling the radiologist to focus on the biopsy procedure.

The PSI technology possesses a high potential for commercialization due to its anticipated clinical impact and benefit to patients including more accurate and time efficient procedures resulting in improved results and significant cost savings to healthcare organizations and consumers.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Nick Iftimia
Area Manager, Biomedical Optics Technology
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003