STTR Phase I:Video Analysis Techniques for Computer-Aided Quality Control for Colonoscopy

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740596
Agency Tracking Number: 0740596
Amount: $149,474.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
3124 Greenwood Rd, Ames, IA, 50014
DUNS: 788239445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wallapak Tavanapong
 (515) 292-8444
Business Contact
 Wallapak Tavanapong
Title: PhD
Phone: (515) 292-8444
Research Institution
 University of North Texas
 JungHwan Oh
 1501 Chestnut
Denton, TX, 76203
 (515) 292-8444
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will develop algorithms for a quality control system for colonoscopy (a procedure where the mucosa of the large bowel is inspected via a flexible tube with a camera on it) that has contributed to a marked decline in the number of colorectal cancer related deaths. However, recent data suggest that there is a significant miss-rate for the detection of even large polyps and cancers. Anticipated results of this research are: (1) algorithms for colonoscopy to determine whether the beginning of the large bowel was reached; (2) algorithms for detecting the appearance of the appendiceal orifice as the appendix is located at the beginning of the colon, its detection confirms that the entire colon has been traversed; and (3) software tools to derive quality measurements. The broader impacts of this research are that it will enable automated, objective quality control for colonoscopy in large-scale, day-to-day medical settings, which is currently not feasible. This has the potential to benefit the health of millions of people each year. If successful it will initiate new research and development in quaity control for other endoscopic procedures such as bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, and laparoscopy. The project will contribute to medical education, research, and practice by providing videos containing all aspects of typical colonoscopy practice and corresponding quality measurements that can be used for teaching and training of new endoscopists and recertification of previously certified endoscopists.

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