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Exploring the dark continent with fibre Bragg gratings
Author(s): John W. Arkwright; David Hsiao-Chuan Wang; Simon A. Maunder; Neil G. Blenman; Ian Underhill; Vicki Patton; Phil G. Dinning
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Paper Abstract

The lower gastrointestinal tract has been referred to as the ‘Dark Continent’ of the human body because it is so hard to access without resorting to a surgeon’s blade. In response to an unmet clinical need we have developed a fibre optic manometry catheter that is now in clinical use across Australia and New Zealand. The unparalleled detail of colonic activity that these devices provide is being hailed as ground breaking by global experts. In this paper we present the design and clinical application of the catheters, and also some of the (sometimes surprising) requirements of our clinical colleagues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2014
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9157, 23rd International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 91573H (2 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2059057
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John W. Arkwright, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
David Hsiao-Chuan Wang, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
Simon A. Maunder, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
Neil G. Blenman, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
Ian Underhill, Griffith Univ. (Australia)
Vicki Patton, The Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Phil G. Dinning, Flinders Univ. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9157:
23rd International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
José M. López-Higuera; Julian D. C. Jones; Manuel López-Amo; José Luis Santos, Editor(s)

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