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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Review of fiber-optic pressure sensors for biomedical and biomechanical applications

Paper Abstract

As optical fibers revolutionize the way data is carried in telecommunications, the same is happening in the world of sensing. Fiber-optic sensors (FOS) rely on the principle of changing the properties of light that propagate in the fiber due to the effect of a specific physical or chemical parameter. We demonstrate the potentialities of this sensing concept to assess pressure in biomedical and biomechanical applications. FOSs are introduced after an overview of conventional sensors that are being used in the field. Pointing out their limitations, particularly as minimally invasive sensors, is also the starting point to argue FOSs are an alternative or a substitution technology. Even so, this technology will be more or less effective depending on the efforts to present more affordable turnkey solutions and peer-reviewed papers reporting in vivo experiments and clinical trials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2013
PDF: 19 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(5) 050903 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.5.050903
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Paulo Roriz, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Orlando Frazão, INESC Porto (Portugal)
Antonio B. Lobo-Ribeiro, INESC Porto (Portugal)
José L. Santos, INESC Porto (Portugal)
Jose A. Simoes, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)

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