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6 October 1987 Hazards For Fiber Optics In The Medical Application Environment
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Fiber optic devices such as endoscopes have been in general use in the medical field for some time. More recently many doctors and instrument companies have begun developing fiber optic sensing systems and fiber optic laser power delivery systems to accomplish less traumatic surgery or localized irradiation treatment. These new systems are primarily single fibers rather than the coherent fiber bundles used in endoscopes, and thus the effects of the environments the fiber will encounter during fabrication/preparation, and during storage and use, must be considered more thoroughly. The changes arising from sterilization procedures and power delivery, specifically those associated with the fiber's strength and some of the effects related to optical degradation, will be discussed. Often the fiber must meet unique strength, fatigue and optical criteria to provide satisfactory performance in the particular medical application.
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B. J. Skutnik, W. B. Beck, and M. H. Hodge "Hazards For Fiber Optics In The Medical Application Environment", Proc. SPIE 0787, Optical Techniques for Sensing and Measurement in Hostile Environments, (6 October 1987); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.940677
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