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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2010

Design of a high-sensor count fibre optic manometry catheter for in-vivo colonic diagnostics

John W. Arkwright, Ian D. Underhill, Simon A. Maunder, Neil Blenman, Michal M. Szczesniak, Lukasz Wiklendt, Ian J. Cook, David Z. Lubowski, and Phil G. Dinning  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22423-22431 (2009)

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The design of a fibre Bragg grating based manometry catheter for in-vivo diagnostics in the human colon is presented. The design is based on a device initially developed for use in the oesophagus, but in this instance, longer sensing lengths and increased flexibility were required to facilitate colonoscopic placement of the device and to allow access to the convoluted regions of this complex organ. The catheter design adopted allows the number of sensing regions to be increased to cover extended lengths of the colon whilst maintaining high flexibility and the close axial spacing necessary to accurately record pertinent features of peristalsis. Catheters with 72 sensing regions with an axial spacing of 1 cm have been assembled and used in-vivo to record peristaltic contractions in the human colon over a 24hr period. The close axial spacing of the pressure sensors has, for the first time, identified the complex nature of propagating sequences in both antegrade (towards the anus) and retrograde (away from the anus) directions in the colon. The potential to miss propagating sequences at wider sensor spacings is discussed and the resultant need for close axial spacing of sensors is proposed.

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OCIS Codes
(170.2680) Medical optics and biotechnology : Gastrointestinal
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: October 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2009
Published: November 23, 2009

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Vol. 5, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

John W. Arkwright, Ian D. Underhill, Simon A. Maunder, Neil Blenman, Michal M. Szczesniak, Lukasz Wiklendt, Ian J. Cook, David Z. Lubowski, and Phil G. Dinning, "Design of a high-sensor count fibre optic manometry catheter for in-vivo colonic diagnostics," Opt. Express 17, 22423-22431 (2009)

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