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Sensors 2015, 15(7), 17115-17148; doi:10.3390/s150717115

Optical Fibre Pressure Sensors in Medical Applications

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Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan
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Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Lorenzo Pavesi
Received: 1 June 2015 / Revised: 1 July 2015 / Accepted: 2 July 2015 / Published: 15 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Silicon Based Optical Sensors)
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This article is focused on reviewing the current state-of-the-art of optical fibre pressure sensors for medical applications. Optical fibres have inherent advantages due to their small size, immunity to electromagnetic interferences and their suitability for remote monitoring and multiplexing. The small dimensions of optical fibre-based pressure sensors, together with being lightweight and flexible, mean that they are minimally invasive for many medical applications and, thus, particularly suited to in vivo measurement. This means that the sensor can be placed directly inside a patient, e.g., for urodynamic and cardiovascular assessment. This paper presents an overview of the recent developments in optical fibre-based pressure measurements with particular reference to these application areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical fibre sensors; Fabry–Perot interferometer; pressure sensors optical fibre sensors; Fabry–Perot interferometer; pressure sensors
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Poeggel, S.; Tosi, D.; Duraibabu, D.; Leen, G.; McGrath, D.; Lewis, E. Optical Fibre Pressure Sensors in Medical Applications. Sensors 2015, 15, 17115-17148.

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