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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 5 (1999), Issue 2, Pages 71-75
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.5.71

New Incoherent Autofluorescence/Fluorescence System for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Karl Storz Gmbh & Co., Marketing New Technologies, Mittelstr. 8, Tuttlingen D-78532, Germany

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A new autofluorescence (AF) system for bronchoscopy that operates as compact as a conventional white light bronchoscopy system is described. The system is also capable of white light illumination and excitation of aminolevulinic acid (ALA) induced fluorescence. Changing between white light and (auto-) fluorescence mode is easy and always possible. Broad band excitation with blue light (AF: 380–460 nm; ALA 380–440 nm) delivers high intensity illumination at the distal end of the bronchoscope (AF typically 50 mW). A special optical observation technique makes the AF directly visible to the eye instead of indirect techniques used in other AF systems. A compact (160 g)and sensitive (typically 0.2 lux) camera can be used for documentation.