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True challenges of disposable optical fiber sensors for clinical environment
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Paper Abstract

Medical applications represent a unique chance of expansion for the optical fiber sensors (OFS) market that was confined so far mostly in niche applications where higher technological costs were justified by OFS distinctive advantages. Single use medical devices integrating OFS could however generate a significant growth for this type of technology. Thanks to cost reductions derived from the success of optical fiber used in the telecom industry, it is now possible to produce competitive disposable OFS for clinical environment. Cost reduction is nevertheless not the only challenge for this type of application: materials bio-compatibility and sterilization resistance, packaging issues, design considerations for end-user acceptance and operational simplicity, technology reliability including connectivity and sensor performances, manufacturing process monitoring and outstanding quality control, are among few of the problems that have to be considered to address correctly the complex medical market with successful disposable OFS devices. With a clear understanding of the needs and challenges of clinical applications, it is easier to respond to this reality and to offer commercially suitable solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2007
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 6619, Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 66191Q (2 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738628
Show Author Affiliations
Éric Pinet, FISO Technologies, Inc. (Canada)
Caroline Hamel, FISO Technologies, Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6619:
Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Antonello Cutolo; Brian Culshaw; José Miguel López-Higuera, Editor(s)

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