Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been awarded a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a novel Endoscopic “Multifunctional” Optical Coherence Tomography instrument for airway tissue injury management that will provide clinicians with real-time feedback regarding the morphological and functional changes of the injured tissue.
Inhalation injury is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in the civilian population. It is usually caused by the inhalation of smoke or toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen dioxide, etc. Bronchoscopy is currently used as a standard approach for inhalation injury assessment. However, it fails to provide submucosal and functional tissue information, both of which are essential for proper triage and selection of appropriate therapy. The PSI instrument will complement qualitative bronchoscopic findings with quantitative submucosal morphological and functional information, such as ciliary activity and compliance, which will enable more efficient screening, triage, and therapeutic guidance of inhalation exposures.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Nicusor Iftimia
Area Manager, Biomedical Optics Technology
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003