Digital Imaging Colposcopy

Period of Performance: 09/30/1986 - 03/31/1987


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Western Research Company, Inc.
3275 W. Ina Road, Suite 215
Tucson, AZ 85741
Principal Investigator


This project will lead to the development of state-of-the-art charge coupled device (CCD), two dimensional image detector systems suitable for direct retrofit to existing colposcopes, or for integration into the design of new colposcopes. Success with this project will make possible the commercialization of a low cost digital imaging colposcope. It is anticipated that such a device would be of considerable value in (1) aiding clinical applications of colposcopy, (2) providing a useful teaching tool for medical students and (3) making possible the inclusion of colposcopic images in proposed medical Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Achievement of these goals would be beneficial particularly in the area of early detection and subsequent prevention of certain cancers in females. Phase I of the project will result in design, construction and preliminary testing of a complete digital imaging system suitable for retrofit to a variety of existing colposcopes. The development of this system will be the foundation for clinical evaluation of digital imaging colposcopes in Phase II of this project.