2 July 2007 True challenges of disposable optical fiber sensors for clinical environment
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Proceedings Volume 6619, Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors; 66191Q (2007) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.738628
Event: Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 2007, Napoli, Italy
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.
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Éric Pinet and Caroline Hamel "True challenges of disposable optical fiber sensors for clinical environment", Proc. SPIE 6619, Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 66191Q (2 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738628; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.738628
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