Dr. Rouse is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging Shared Resource. Dr. Rouse has a long track record in the field of biomedical optics with a focus on small, minimally invasive, catheter-based medical imaging systems. Through his early work at the University of Arizona, he designed and tested a set of diffraction limited 3-mm diameter miniature lens assemblies that are in use to this day. As junior faculty and a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Dr. Rouse helped develop a state-of-the-art 5-mm diameter confocal microlaparoscope that was used in a recently completed clinical validation study for the detection of ovarian cancer. Dr. Rouse is currently leading a project to develop a new clinical confocal microgastroscope that will image patients with Barrett’s esophagus in an attempt to diagnose early stage cancer. Dr. Rouse is also leading a project that will use microendoscopy to help improve the ability of physicians to differentiate lung cancer from benign lesions observed during CT screening.
In addition to his research projects, Dr. Rouse is the Director of the Cancer Imaging Shared Resource in the University of Arizona Cancer Center. This facility includes a variety of turnkey pre-clinical imaging related systems such as a Spectral Instruments Largo X bioluminescence and fluorescence system, a Siemens Inveon micro-CT system, and a Definiens digital pathology software package.