A company-manufacturer of optical fiber products from the U.S. has developed a unique design structure made of polymer material. It allows for delivering laser beam light at a large 79-degree angle through the core of fiber optic cables, offering up to 1.8 times more light.
To be more precise, these fiber cables have a unique polymer design structure that sends beam light at a large angle through the optical fiber core. Therefore, it produces up to 1.8 times more light broadcasting at the distal end than standard fiber optic cables.
The main application of such light amplification inside fiber cables is the process improvement of minimally invasive surgery outcomes. Compared to conventional polymer opponents, new fiber optic cables of the same size provide more benefits and higher degree angle light transmission.
The researchers claim that the main purpose of this fiber optic technology is the performance of more efficient “endoscopy, ureteroscopy, ophthalmic surgeries, and other challenging procedures that need devices that are significantly smaller.” Thus, the new design structure enables researchers to easier direct these tiny endoscopic fiber optic probes through more challenging paths than ever before.
Additionally, this fiber optic technology meets the requirements for high-quality imaging and flexibility without fracturing of fiber cables. Such benefits of polymer optical fibers as flexibility and high light efficiency transmission result in less intensity at the laser beam light source.
Another feature of endoscopic fiber optic probes such as additional special design offers a substantially wider degree of light broadcasting at the distal end. Thus, special features lead to smaller diameter systems that need fewer fiber optic cables. Moreover, new fiber cables can overcome tight 9mm radius bends and bend back upon itself 180° with no loss in laser beam light intensity.
Compared to traditional optical fibers applied in numerous current tools, new fiber optic cables present greater fracture resistance and longer life. The applications of new optical fibers include the diagnosis of new disease indications. The thing is that most of such fiber optic systems need to overcome more tortuous paths than previously able, and they succeed in it.
There are 4 diameters (250-1000 µm) available for fiber optic cables that meet the standards in optical fibers for medical system illumination. Herewith, they offer the following parameters:
- 1.8 times larger lighted area;
- Perfect for single-use tools for bronchoscopy on COVID-19 patients;
- Overcome tight 9mm radius bends;
- Able to bend back upon itself 180° with no diminution in light intensity.
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