NEW GENERATION PATHOLOGISTS' MICROSCOPE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$428,458.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1995
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
19244
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kensal Consulting
5055 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ, 85711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Kendall Preston Jr
 (602) 745-8250
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT ADDRESSES MICROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTATION TECHNIQUES RELATED TO THE ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES UNDER THE BIOPHYSICS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM. THE SUBMITTING ORGANIZATION IS KENSAL CONSULTING, A SMALL ELECTROOPTICAL BUSINESS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, THAT HAS INVENTED AND PATENTED WHAT IS FELT TO BE THE NEXT GENERATION PATHOLOGISTS' MICROSCOPE. THIS NEW MICROSCOPE WILL BRING FULL-COLOR DIGITAL VISUALIZATION OF TISSUE SECTIONS TO THE DESKTOP AND PROVIDE THE PATHOLOGIST WITH A "PC-MICROSCOPE" THAT IS LIKELY TO SUPPLANT TRADITIONAL MICROSCOPY. THE TRADITIONAL MICROSCOPE DOES NOT FURNISH FULL-COVERSLIP IMAGING; NOR DOES IT PROVIDE ORIENTATION INFORMATION; NOR CAN IT BE USED TO CONTINUOUSLY ZOOM. KENSAL'S PC-MICROSCOPE, USING A NOVEL LINEAR-DIODE-ARRAY SLIDE SCANNER, WILL BRING A FULL-COLOR, FULL-COVERSLIP IMAGE TO THE COMPUTER SCREEN 1 OR 2 SECONDS AFTER INSERTION OF THE MICROSCOPE SLIDE IN THE INSTRUMENT. THEREAFTER THE USER WILL SELECT REGIONS OF INTEREST FROM THE SCREEN BY POINTING AT THE COVERSLIP IMAGE WITH A CURSOR. THESE REGIONS WILL APPEAR AT HIGH MAGNIFICATION AND CAN BE PANNED, FOCUSED, AND ZOOMED CONTINUOUSLY USING A NOVEL CFM (CONTINUOUSLY FOCUSING MICROSCOPE) RECENTLY PATENTED BY INFINITY PHOTO-OPTICAL COMPANY. NO OCULARS WILL BE NECESSARY, NO MANUAL HANDLING OF THE SLIDE AND STAGE; NO MANUAL SWITCHING OF FIXED-POWER OBJECTIVES AS IN TRADITIONAL MICROSCOPY. THE PURPOSE IS TO REQUEST SBIR FUNDING TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF FAST FULL-COVERSLIP IMAGING AND TO STUDY THE COMBINATION OF THIS IMAGING MODALITY WITH A COMPLETE, DIGITALLY-CONTROLLED, ELECTROOPTICAL MECHANISM THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AS A PC-MICROSCOPE PROTOTYPE IN PHASE II AND COMMERCIALIZED DURING PHASE III.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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