for people ages up to 21 years (full criteria)
at Orange, California and other locations
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Elliot L Botvinick



Otitis media is more common in young children and it is estimated that 75% of all children experience at least one episode before the age of three. Otitis media is one of the common pediatric diagnoses and recurrent episodes account for the most commonly performed surgical procedure. Despite this a high degree of inaccuracy exists in diagnosis of this condition which depends on subjective assessment of the ear drum via direct visualization using an otoscope. Researchers can use LED-based multi wavelength light absorption and scattering measurements for the analysis of ear drum and the middle ear.


The research can use low energy LED signal light sent into the ear canal to measure the tissue optical properties including the absorption of the light signal and the amount of signal that will be backscattered by the tissue components. These measurements will then be analyzed using a microprocessor to determine presence of fluid or inflammation of the eardrum.


Middle Ear Infection, Infections, Communicable Diseases, Otitis, Otitis Media, Spectroscopic otoscope measurements


You can join if…

Open to people ages up to 21 years

  1. Male/ female at all age- newborn to adult.
  2. Non- pregnant woman.
  3. Diagnose of middle ear infection and plan for surgery procedure.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Pregnant woman
  2. Incompetent adults (i.e. individuals with cognitive impairment)
  3. No diagnose of middle ear infection and no plan for surgery procedure.
  4. Adults with cognitive impairment and children of parents that are cognitively impaired and thus are unable to consent will be excluded from the study.


  • UCI Otolaryngology Clinic accepting new patients
    Orange California 92868 United States
  • Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) accepting new patients
    Orange California 92868 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Irvine

  • Elliot L Botvinick
    Professor, Surgery, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 69 research publications


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, Irvine
Study Type
Expecting 150 study participants
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