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Clinical potential of the side-glowing optical fibers
Author(s): Janis Spigulis; Daumants Pfafrods
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Paper Abstract

Unconventional designs of silica-core optical fibers providing efficient lateral emission through the cylindrical side surface have been developed and manufactured. A physical model of the side-glowing fibers, available experimental data and potential clinical applications of this type of lightguides are discussed. Promising, clinical applications can be expected in the following areas: (1) Phototherapy, including photo-dynamic therapy, soft-laser therapy and visible/UV broadband irradiation therapy. (2) Single-fiber laser Doppler flowmetry. (3) Laser-tissue dosimetry. (4) Linear and planar 'cold light' illumination. (5) Optical sensing of mechanical pressure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2977, Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications, (18 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271010
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Janis Spigulis, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Daumants Pfafrods, ANDA OPTEC Ltd. (Latvia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2977:
Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications
Abraham Katzir; James A. Harrington, Editor(s)

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