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Canon is working with the leading medical institutions within the United States to further develop medical imaging technologies.
This technology will provide a more accurate diagnosis and help advance medical treatment that exist today.

2019/7/11Featured Technology

Ultra-Miniature Fiber Endoscope

Extremely Thin Endoscope Will Offer New Diagnostic Possibilities

#Healthcare#Imaging technologies#Social contribution#Mechanical engineering#Electrical engineering#Computer science#Physics

At the Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory (HORL) in Boston, Canon is leveraging their technological strengths in areas such as micro-optics fabrication technology, diffraction optics simulation, and optical design technology with a goal to develop an ultra-miniature fiber endoscope. This endoscope will be less than 1 mm in diameter and will be significantly thinner than conventional devices. It consists of a micro-lens with a diffraction grating attached to the end of the optical fiber attaining a higher resolution endoscope. When commercialized, the device will enable real-time observation inside joints and sinus cavities for the first time, facilitating early treatment and new forms of diagnostics for patients.

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Development of an ultra-miniature fiber endoscope for commercialization

Needle-Guiding System

Image-Guided Navigation Software and Robot for Accurate Needle Insertion

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Today, a physician will typically view the CT or MRI images outside of the operating room. They try to confirm the location of a cancerous site and decide where to position the needle. With this needle-guiding system being developed by HORL, the software will help angle the position for the needle to be inserted into the abdominal or chest cavity. This will provide a more accurate target of the cancerous site for the physician.
In today’s environment, physicians rely on their intuitions and skills during ablation and biopsy procedures. In creating a prototype of the needle-guiding system, Canon has been developing motors and sensors that can operate in an MRI environment. This system aims to bring greater speed and accuracy to such procedures.
The ultra-miniature fiber endoscope and needle-guiding system are being developed for commercialization in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. They are both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The needle-guiding system is being developed jointly with HORL and hospitals

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The needle-guiding system is composed of an image-guided navigation software and a needle guidance robot

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