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Novel light diffusing fiber for use in medical applications
Author(s): W. Spencer Klubben; Stephan L. Logunov; Edward J. Fewkes; Jeff Mooney; Paul M. Then; Peter G. Wigley; Horst Schreiber; Kaitlyn Matias; Cynthia J. Wilson; Manuela Ocampo
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Paper Abstract

Fiber-based cylindrical light diffusers are often used in photodynamic therapy to illuminate a luminal organ, such as the esophagus. The diffusers are often made of plastic and suffer from short diffusion lengths and low transmission efficiencies over a broad spectrum. We have developed FibranceTM, a glass-based fiber optic cylindrical diffuser which can illuminate a fiber from 0.5 cm to 10 meters over a broad wavelength range. With these longer illumination lengths, a variety of other medical applications are possible beyond photodynamic therapy. We present a number of applications for Fibrance ranging from in situ controllable illumination for Photodynamic Therapy to light guided anatomy highlighting for minimally invasive surgery to mitigating hospital acquired infections and more.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9702, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI, 970218 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218267
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W. Spencer Klubben, Corning Inc. (United States)
Stephan L. Logunov, Corning Inc. (United States)
Edward J. Fewkes, Corning Inc. (United States)
Jeff Mooney, Corning Inc. (United States)
Paul M. Then, Corning Inc. (United States)
Peter G. Wigley, Corning Inc. (United States)
Horst Schreiber, Corning Inc. (United States)
Kaitlyn Matias, Corning Inc. (United States)
Cynthia J. Wilson, Corning Inc. (United States)
Manuela Ocampo, Corning Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9702:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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