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Fiber optic sensors in healthcare applications

on August 25, 2020

Fiber optic sensors in healthcare applicationsFiber optic sensors of different physical quantities based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) find its popularity and they are actively used in various fields of industry to solve a variety of engineering problems. The general operating principle of such fiber sensors is based on a change in the FBG wavelength under the action of external impacts.
It should be noted that nowadays the population presents specific requirements to the application of assistive technology and, in particular, towards novel healthcare tools and fiber optic sensors. For instance, novel fiber sensors offer such benefits he electromagnetic field immunity, high flexibility, high sensitivity for mechanical parameters higher elastic limits, and impact resistance.

To be more precise, such benefits of fiber optic technology comply ideally with the instrumentation requirements of numerous healthcare tools and in movement analysis. Additionally, fiber optic sensors are considered to be lightweight, compact, stable to chemical substances, and they have also multiplexing capabilities. Therefore, fiber sensors are regarded as safe technology suitable for industrial, medical, and structural health monitoring applications.

The thing is that fiber optic sensors allow measuring various parameters, for example, angle, refractive index, temperature, humidity, acceleration, pressure, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, etc. It is even possible to install optical fibers in textiles for sensing applications, as well as incorporate them in composite metals, concrete and etc.

The development of fiber sensors based on fiber optic technology leads to high demands for healthcare systems, especially because of the population aging. The appearance of new medical systems results in higher demands on the fiber sensors’ performance because reliable control strategies require a robust fiber optic sensing system.

The modern fiber optic sensor should be tiny, herewith, saving its flexibility and compactness as possible. Herewith, intrusive sensing systems have higher requirements – they also need for biocompatibility, this is the reason why fiber optic technology continues developing to overcome the current challenges and provide high performance of novel healthcare systems and tools.

The increasing demands on fiber optic sensors and the fast development of the technology result in the appearance of numerous sensing systems for healthcare and medical tools. The fiber sensors enable to examine bones decalcification and strain distribution, evaluation of intervertebral disks, dental splints, cardiac monitoring, and pathologies detection.

Optromix is a fast-growing vendor of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) product line such as fiber Bragg grating sensors, for example, fbg strain sensors, FBG interrogators and multiplexers, Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems, Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) systems. The company creates and supplies a broad variety of fiber optic solutions for monitoring worldwide. If you are interested in structural health monitoring systems and want to learn more, please contact us at info@optromix.com 

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