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Biomedical Optics Express

Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2011
  • pp: 65–70

Flexible hollow optical fiber bundle for infrared thermal imaging

Yuji Matsuura and Keisuke Naito  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 65-70 (2011)

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A flexible and coherent bundle of hollow optical fibers was fabricated for infrared thermal imaging. For acquisition of thermal images, differences in the transmission efficiency among the fibers were numerically compensated to obtain high temperature resolution of 1°C for measuring body temperature. In a lens system with 10-fold magnification and hollow fibers of 320-μm inner diameter, the spatial resolution is around 3 mm. The hollow-fiber bundle enables observation of the surface temperature of inner organs and blood flow of the surfaces when the bundle is introduced into the human body with an endoscope.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation

ToC Category:
Endoscopes, Catheters and Micro-Optics

Original Manuscript: September 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2010
Published: December 6, 2010

Yuji Matsuura and Keisuke Naito, "Flexible hollow optical fiber bundle for infrared thermal imaging," Biomed. Opt. Express 2, 65-70 (2011)

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