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Advancing Translational OCT to Assess Eardrum Dynamics and Middle Ear Infections

Oct 28, 2021
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A middle ear infection is a prevalent pediatric disease caused by bacteria or viral pathogens in the middle ear. The infection is characterized by the presence of an accumulated fluid in a normally empty middle ear cavity. However, current diagnostic tools in examining the middle ear are limited. Jenny Won presents the development of a hand-held OCT probe to noninvasively visualize and assess the middle ear cavity during ear infections. She discusses recent studies on dynamic measurements of the eardrum mobility, in vivo monitoring of the response of middle ear conditions to antibiotic therapy - the common treatment strategy for ear infections - and a compact OCT device integrated with an automated classifier for middle ear infections.

Collectively, these results demonstrate new technologies that can provide quantitative and clinically relevant information during ear infections, and can form a bridge that links engineering and biomedicine in otology for further translation of the technology.

***This presentation premiered during the 2021 BioPhotonics Conference. For more information on Photonics Media conferences, visit 

About the presenter:
Jungeun (Jenny) WonJungeun (Jenny) Won, Ph.D., received her doctorate and master's degrees in bioengineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering with optics from the University of Rochester. Won has in-depth experience in developing portable OCT imaging systems for translational and interdisciplinary research as a well-rounded biomedical optical engineer. She is the recipient of the McGinnis Medical Innovation Graduate Fellowship, the Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship, the Baxter Young Investigator Award, and the Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award. Won's research interests include developing biophotonics tools and computational approaches for medical challenges and translating them for clinical use. She started a postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August.
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