7 March 2016 Novel light diffusing fiber for use in medical applications
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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.
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W. Spencer Klubben, W. Spencer Klubben, Stephan L. Logunov, Stephan L. Logunov, Edward J. Fewkes, Edward J. Fewkes, Jeff Mooney, Jeff Mooney, Paul M. Then, Paul M. Then, Peter G. Wigley, Peter G. Wigley, Horst Schreiber, Horst Schreiber, Kaitlyn Matias, Kaitlyn Matias, Cynthia J. Wilson, Cynthia J. Wilson, Manuela Ocampo, Manuela Ocampo, } "Novel light diffusing fiber for use in medical applications", Proc. SPIE 9702, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI, 970218 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218267; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218267
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