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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2619–2628

Epidural catheter with integrated light guides for spectroscopic tissue characterization

R. P. Soto-Astorga, S. West, S. Putnis, J. C. Hebden, and A. E. Desjardins  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 11, pp. 2619-2628 (2013)

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Epidural catheters are used to deliver anesthetics and opioids for managing pain in many clinical scenarios. Currently, epidural catheter insertion is performed without information about the tissues that are directly ahead of the catheter. As a result, the catheter can be incorrectly positioned within a blood vessel, which can cause toxicity. Recent studies have shown that optical reflectance spectroscopy could be beneficial for guiding needles that are used to insert catheters. In this study, we investigate the whether this technique could benefit the placement of catheters within the epidural space. We present a novel optical epidural catheter with integrated polymer light guides that allows for optical spectra to be acquired from tissues at the distal tip. To obtain an initial indication of the information that could be obtained, reflectance values and photon penetration depth were estimated using Monte Carlo simulations, and optical reflectance spectra were acquired during a laminectomy of a swine ex vivo. Large differences between the spectra acquired from epidural adipose tissue and from venous blood were observed. The optical catheter has the potential to provide real-time detection of intravascular catheter placement that could reduce the risk of complications.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics

ToC Category:
Spectroscopic Diagnostics

Original Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2013
Published: October 24, 2013

R. P. Soto-Astorga, S. West, S. Putnis, J. C. Hebden, and A. E. Desjardins, "Epidural catheter with integrated light guides for spectroscopic tissue characterization," Biomed. Opt. Express 4, 2619-2628 (2013)

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