Fibre Bundle
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In order to reach the deepest parts of the lung, we have been developing a bundle of miniaturised optical fibres, measuring just 1.4mm in diameter, that will be fed into a traditional bronchoscope.

.The bundle, named “Panoptes”, will be made up of three different fibres:

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Delivery Fibre:

Delivers our custom made SmartProbes into the deepest parts of the lung, which will bind to biological targets.

Vials containing custom molecules called SmartProbes

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Imaging Fibre:

Collects the light that is emitted from the SmartProbe-bound biological target to form an image.

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Sensing Fibre:

Senses surrounding physiological parameters, such as pH and oxygen levels, thanks to special molecules attached to the distal end.

  1. Delivery Fibre – A simple tube, which will allow clinicians to controllably inject a fluid containing SmartProbes into the deepest regions of the lung, and possibly even extract fluid samples for later analysis in the lab.
  2. Imaging Fibre – Made up of over 50,000 closely-spaced light-guiding cores, each acting as a single image pixel to create a high-resolution image. Our prototype has allowed us to develop the intricate fabrication techniques needed to make the fibre suitable for use in human patients.
  3. Sensing Fibre – So-called ‘reporter molecules’ are attached to the end of a fibre, in order to provide signals that inform the clinician about the environment around them when the fibre is inserted into the lung.

To date (July 2018), we have developed such a fibre bundle and are currently testing prototypes of this technology in the lab. Its design allows clinicians to accurately position and align the fibre when inside the lung.

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