The developed catheter is a disposable, and can be used in combination with commercially available OCT-systems. Figure 1a shows the current product, Figure 1b shows the corresponding OCT scan. Currently, in water tests are performed with the catheter and the settings for in water imaging are optimized. The next step is a proof of concept study, in which in vivo image a pig bladder will be imaged.
Figure 1: a) Prototype catheter aimed at a finger; b) corresponding OCT image of a fingertip
The focus in 2019 will be on designing and developing the next generation catheter, such that we have an improved version of the catheter in the first half of 2020. With this improved catheters a clinical trial will be performed.