Given their EM immunity, intrinsic safety, small size & weight, autoclave compatibility and capability to perform multi-point and multi-parameter sensing remotely, optical fibers and fiberoptic-based sensors are seeing increased acceptance and new uses for a variety of bio-medical applications—from laser delivery systems, to disposable body temperature sensors, to intra-aortic catheter probes. This talk will describe the benefits, needs and applications of specialty optical fibers in the bio-medical field. Key technical and industry trends will be identified along with relevant commercial opportunities and challenges.

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