Endoscopy is widely used to create an image of organs inside the body. A long thin tube is inserted directly into the body via openings, like the mouth or small incisions. The organs that can be imaged by an endoscope are limited by its insertion diameter, so designs must be optimized for a desired imaging area
Endoscopes can only enter cavities bigger than their own diameter, therefore small cavities are not possible to look at. Making regular endoscopes smaller leads to images with lower resolution. Currently, the smallest endoscopes have a diameter of 1.2 mm. Therefore, it is not yet possible to use an endoscope to make images of for example submillimeter sized airways of the lung, the pancreatic duct, fallopian tubes for early cancer screening or the smallest joints.
The micro-scanner provides imaging in the smallest spots of the body. It is an electro-thermally actuated micro-cantilever system, which provides a new technique for scanning with sub-millimeter (<<0.5mm) sized endoscopic catheters. It consists of a micro-cantilever with an imaging fiber. The fiber starts vibrating (up and down) when one side of the micro-cantilever is heated.
The micro-scanner is in an early stage. The proof-of-concept has shown that it is possible to produce an 2D image with a 1D fiber. The next step is further validation and product optimization.
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