Cervical Cancer Screening by Enhanced Direct Inspection
The goal is to develop an improved vaginal speculum that will incorporate a magnifying lens permitting a more detailed inspection of the cervix during routine pelvic exams. This improved speculum will potentially have a significant impact on reducing the number of false negative cervical cancer screening exams and essentially no impact on the cost of screening. Phase I will determine the optimal optical configuration that is compatible with the physical constraints of the speculum. The advantage of this system for the direct visualization of the cervix will be evaluated by conducting a detailed relative operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. In addition, the design for the integration of this optical component as a convenient improvement of a disposable vaginal speculum will be completed.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Brian L. Craine
Western Research Company, Inc.
2127 East Speedway Tucson, AZ 85719
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