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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1062–1076

Miniature fiber-optic force sensor based on low-coherence Fabry-Pérot interferometry for vitreoretinal microsurgery

Xuan Liu, Iulian I. Iordachita, Xingchi He, Russell H. Taylor, and Jin U. Kang  »View Author Affiliations


Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 5, pp. 1062-1076 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/BOE.3.001062


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Abstract

During vitreoretinal surgery, the surgeon manipulates retinal tissue with tool-to-tissue interaction forces below the human sensory threshold. A force sensor (FS) integrated with conventional surgical tools may significantly improve the surgery outcome by providing tactile feedback to the surgeon. We designed and built a surgical tool integrated with a miniature FS with an outer diameter smaller than 1 mm for vitreoretinal surgery based on low-coherence Fabry–Pérot (FP) interferometry. The force sensing elements are located at the tool tip which is in direct contact with tissue during surgery and the FP cavity length is interrogated by a fiber-optic common-path phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. We have calibrated the FS's response to axial and lateral forces and conducted experiments to verify that our FS can simultaneously measure both axial and lateral force components.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Ophthalmology Applications

History
Original Manuscript: March 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2012
Published: April 19, 2012

Citation
Xuan Liu, Iulian I. Iordachita, Xingchi He, Russell H. Taylor, and Jin U. Kang, "Miniature fiber-optic force sensor based on low-coherence Fabry-Pérot interferometry for vitreoretinal microsurgery," Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 1062-1076 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe/abstract.cfm?URI=boe-3-5-1062


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