Low-Cost, Portable Flexible Nasopharyngoscope in Head & Neck Cancers in Low Resource Settings
Partnership to Establish a Practice Based Network to Assess for Head and Neck Cancers Using a Low-Cost Portable Flexible Nasopharyngoscope
This study aims to develop and evaluate a low-cost, portable, flexible nasopharyngeal scope (FNS) used to assess head and neck cancers (HNC) in low resource settings. The FNS will be compared to the rigid endoscope that is used as standard of care in terms of ease of use, image quality, and perceived pain. The ultimate goal is to implement widespread training and use of the optimized FNS to improve care capacity by local heath providers in Vietnam through timely diagnosis, treatment and/or appropriate specialized referral for HNC patients.
Number of providers who who reported the FNS is easy to use
Rate of image quality of rigid scope
Head and Neck Cancer
Study Arms / Comparison Groups
Patients evaluated using flexible nasopharyngoscope prototype
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Primary Completion Date
Inclusion Criteria: - Provide signed and dated informed consent form - Willing to comply with all study procedures and be available for the duration of the study - Male or female, aged 18 or older - Patients who clinical meet clinical criteria for rigid scope examination of the upper aerodigestive tract. This includes signs and symptoms such as dysphagia, nasal obstruction, neck mass, throat pain, and hoarseness. Exclusion Criteria: - Subjects who have complications from the SOC rigid exam - Anything that would place the individual at increased risk or preclude the individual's full compliance with or completion of the study. - Withdrawal of consent during the study duration
18 Years - N/A
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Walter Lee, MD, 919-681-8449, [email protected]
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Walter Lee, MD, Principal Investigator, Duke Health