Fiber optic temperature sensors and probes have been found valuable in several areas of research and treatment in medicine, which include tissue monitoring during electromagnetic heating for cancer therapy, catheter-tip sensors as part of multi-purpose fiberoptic probes, patient monitoring during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and microwave biohazards studies.
The advantage of fiber optic temperature sensors and probes compared to conventional ones such as thermistors or thermocouples lies in the nonconductive property of the glass or plastic fibers used. This avoids shock hazard to the patients, and perturbation of the readings in electromagnetic environments and hence is ideal for medical application.
Application referenceMedical Temperature Sensing principle
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