Boston Scientific: Improving Access to the Biliary Duct in Physician-Controlled Endoscopic Procedures

Eamon Doyle, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
David Gebhart, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Clark McPheeters, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Yekaterina Miroshnikova, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Lyndsay Stadmueller, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Abstract

The team focused on understanding the fundamental interactions between the physician and endoscopic instruments that result in successful surgeries. The primary objective was to make gaining and maintaining access to the biliary duct easier for the physician. To accomplish this objective, the team explored three key areas of ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography): equipment, procedures and training. The final concepts developed by the team show the feasibility of a new class of biliary access tools. They also produced scale-model, working prototypes for evaluation by physicians.