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Optomechanical medical devices (instruments)
Author(s): Roger S. Reiss
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Paper Abstract

Optomechanical Medical Devices (Instruments) use lightwaves (UV, Visible, IR) for one or more of the following functions; to observe, to measure, to record, to test (align) and or to cut/repair. The evolution of Optomechanical Medical Devices probably started when the first torch or candle or petrochemical lamp used a polished reflector (possibly with a concave configuration) to examine a part of a patient's body (possibly a wound).Once the glass lens was invented, light sources of any type could be forcussed to increase illuminating power on a selected area. Medical Devices have come a great distance since these early items. Skipping across time to three rather significant inventions and advancements, we are well into the era of Laser and Fiber Optics and Advanced Photodetectors, all being integrated into Medical Devices. The most notable fields have been Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Surgery. All three fields have been able to incorporate both the use of the Laser and the use of Fiber Optics (and at times the use of Photodetectors), into a single device (instrument). Historical: Philipp Bozzini (a Doctor, maybe) in the early 1800's used a hollow tube (tube material not identified) to project the light of a candle through the tube to view a patient's 'what ever'. Only Philipp, the patient and G-d knows what was being viewed. This ws the first recorded information on what could be considered the very first 'Endoscope examination'

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5261, Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology, (15 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.512089
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Roger S. Reiss, R.S. Reiss Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5261:
Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology
Brian M. Cullum, Editor(s)

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