Abstract

We focus on the development of a remote temperature sensing technology, i.e., an optical laser-based sensor, using thermographic phosphors for medical applications, particularly within an electromagnetically hostile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. A MRI scanner uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of the inside of the body. The quality of the image improves with increasing magnetic resonance; however, the drawback of applying a greater magnetic strength is the inducement of heat into the body tissue. Therefore, monitoring the patient’s temperature inside MRI is vital, but until now, a practical solution for temperature measurement did not exist. We show europium doped lanthanum oxysulphide (La2O2SEu) and terbium doped lanthanum oxysulphide (La2O2STb) are both temperature sensitive to a low temperature range of 1050°C when under ultraviolet (UV) excitation. The emission spectra and decay time characteristics of these phosphors were demonstrated. The results indicate that La2O2SEu has a quenching rate of 13.7m°C1 and 4m°C1 at 512nm and 538nm, respectively. In addition, La2O2STb has a lower quenching rate of 4.19m°C1 at 548nm due to its faster decay time.

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