P20051: Innovative Spectrum Redesign
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Currently, the design of the speculum is a source of fear and nervousness for patients who need to receive a vaginal exam. The common speculum used by OBGYN's is the duckbill metal speculum . Cold and intrusive, the device causes the patients to tense up, making the procedure difficult for the examiner and the experience more stressful for the patient.

Our client Dr. Jaeger proposes a solution which will alleviate the processs for the examiner and minimize anxiety for the patient. The new solution uses an endoscope to examine the vagina, with the help of a redesigned tampon-sized speculum. This shortens exam time, decreases intrusiveness for the patient, and improves the overall patient/ examiner experience.

Some of the problems to resolve with this device is the unnecessary distention of the pelvic floor musculature and associated discomfort and sense of intrusion. The new speculum is innovative in that it requires endoscopy for routine pelvic examinations and also includes the option of colposcopy. It also allows for better exposure of the vaginal fornices.

The goal for the MSD team is to design and prototype a new speculum device which addresses the above needs which alleviate patient anxiety and concerns, under the guidance of Customer Dr. John Jaeger.

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Project Name
Innovative Speculum Redesign
Project Number
P20051
Project Family
Biomedical and Assistive Devices
Start Term
Fall 2019
End Term
Spring 2020
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. John Jaeger
Sponsor (financial support)
Rochester Regional Health System

Team Members

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Member Role Contact
Keyana Fariello BME kef8085@rit.edu
Leah Felker BME lxf3565@rit.edu
Shannon Gulvin BME smg8488@rit.edu
Olivia Vidmar MECE opv1364@rit.edu
Carmen Navas-Davis Industrial Designer crn4937@rit.edu

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