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Fiberoptics In Medicine
Author(s): Richard M. Dwyer
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Paper Abstract

Fiberoptics are utilized in medicine by fields which have classically used light for either diagnosis or treatment. The specialities that have adopted the use of lasers have included the light for treatment and diagnosis group and those who have a problem with hemostasis in their treatment regimen. Table 1 lists the specialities which utilizes the diagnostic applications of fiberoptics. The diagnostic applications can be divided into the use of coherent fiber bundles for visualization and incoherent fiber bundles for illumination. Endoscopy is the introduction of a tube containing both coherent and incoherent fiber bundles into body orifices either natural or man made. Peritonoscopy inspects the abdomen through a small incision and enables the physician to observe from the reproduction tract in the pelvis to the dome of the liver. Gastrointestinal endoscopy uses these techniques through different instruments to explore the upper tract through the mouth or the lower tract through the anus. Pulmonary endoscopy called bronchoscopy enters the respiratory tract through the mouth. Urology investigates the bladder in cystoscopy through the urethra. All these diagnostic applications can also take biopsies through these instruments for diagnoses of anatomical abnormalities visualized through the endoscopic instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1978
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0139, Guided Wave Optical Systems and Devices I, (13 July 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956238
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Richard M. Dwyer, UCLA/Harbor General Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0139:
Guided Wave Optical Systems and Devices I
Elsa M. Garmire, Editor(s)

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