18 April 1997 Clinical potential of the side-glowing optical fibers
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Proceedings Volume 2977, Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.271010
Event: BiOS '97, Part of Photonics West, 1997, San Jose, CA, United States
Unconventional designs of silica-core optical fibers providing efficient lateral emission through the cylindrical side surface have been developed and manufactured. A physical model of the side-glowing fibers, available experimental data and potential clinical applications of this type of lightguides are discussed. Promising, clinical applications can be expected in the following areas: (1) Phototherapy, including photo-dynamic therapy, soft-laser therapy and visible/UV broadband irradiation therapy. (2) Single-fiber laser Doppler flowmetry. (3) Laser-tissue dosimetry. (4) Linear and planar 'cold light' illumination. (5) Optical sensing of mechanical pressure.
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Janis Spigulis, Janis Spigulis, Daumants Pfafrods, Daumants Pfafrods, } "Clinical potential of the side-glowing optical fibers", Proc. SPIE 2977, Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications, (18 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271010; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.271010


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