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A short-wave infrared otoscope for middle ear disease diagnostics (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Jessica A. Carr; Tulio Valdez; Oliver Bruns; Moungi Bawendi
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Paper Abstract

Otitis media, a range of inflammatory conditions of the middle ear, is the second most common illness diagnosed in children. However, the diagnosis can be challenging, particularly in pediatric patients. Otitis media is commonly over-diagnosed and over-treated and has been identified as one of the primary factors in increased antibiotic resistance. We describe the development of a short-wave infrared (SWIR) otoscope for objective middle ear effusion diagnosis. The SWIR otoscope can unambiguously detect the presence of middle ear fluid based on its strong light absorption in the SWIR. This absorption causes a stark, visual contrast between the presence and absence of fluid behind the tympanic membrane. Additionally, when there is no middle ear fluid, the deeper tissue penetration of SWIR light allows the SWIR otoscope to better visualize middle ear anatomy through the tympanic membrane than is possible with visible light. We demonstrate that in healthy, adult human ears, SWIR otoscopy can image a range of middle ear anatomy, including landmarks of the entire ossicular chain, the promontory, the round window niche, and the chorda tympani. We suggest that SWIR otoscopy can provide valuable diagnostic information complementary to that provided by visible pneumotoscopy in the diagnosis of middle ear effusions, otitis media, and other maladies of the middle ear.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9689, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics XII, 96892F (27 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209719
Show Author Affiliations
Jessica A. Carr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Tulio Valdez, Connecticut Children's Medical Ctr. (United States)
Oliver Bruns, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Moungi Bawendi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9689:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics XII
Hyun Wook Kang; Guillermo J. Tearney; Kenton W. Gregory; Laura Marcu; Melissa C. Skala; Paul J. Campagnola; Bernard Choi; Nikiforos Kollias; Haishan Zeng; Andreas Mandelis; Brian J. F. Wong; Justus F. Ilgner, Editor(s)

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