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Biomedical application of optical fibre sensors

Correia, R.; James, S.; Lee, S.-W.; Morgan, S.P.; Korposh, S.


S. James

S.-W. Lee

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Professor of Photonics Instrumentation


Optical fibre sensors(OFS), as a result of their unique properties such as small size, no interference with electromagnetic radiation, high sensitivity and the ability to design multiplexed or distributed sensing systems, have found applications ranging from structural health monitoring to biomedical and point of care instrumentation. While the former represents the main commercial application for OFS, there is body of literature concerning the deployment of this versatile sensing platform in healthcare. This paper reviews the different types of OFS and their most recent applications in healthcare. It aims to help clinicians to better understand OFS technology and also provides an overview of the challenges involved in the deployment of developed technology in healthcare. Examples of the application of OFS in healthcare are discussed with particular emphasis on recently (2015–2017) published works to avoid replicating recent review papers. The majority of the work on the development of biomedical OFS stops at the laboratory stage and, with a few exceptions, is not explored in healthcare settings. OFSs have yet to fulfil their great potential in health care and methods of increasing the adoption of medical devices based on optical fibres are discussed. It is important to consider these factors early in the device development process for successful translation of the developed sensors to healthcare practice.


Correia, R., James, S., Lee, S., Morgan, S., & Korposh, S. (2018). Biomedical application of optical fibre sensors. Journal of Optics, 20(7), Article 073003.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2018
Publication Date Jul 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 22, 2018
Journal Journal of Optics
Print ISSN 2040-8978
Electronic ISSN 2040-8986
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 7
Article Number 073003
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Additional Information Journal title: Journal of Optics; Article type: rev; Article title: Biomedical application of optical fibre sensors; Copyright information: © 2018 IOP Publishing Ltd; License information: cc-by Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Date received: 2017-05-22; Date accepted: 2018-05-21; Online publication date: 2018-06-08


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