FIBER OPTIC SHAPE SENSING

Fiber optic shape sensing technology reconstructs and displays the entire shape of a thin, flexible optical fiber.

When integrated into medical devices, this provides surgeons and robotic platforms with unprecedented 3D perspective on the location and guidance of surgical tools, enables endless opportunities in robotic control, and frees patients from harmful radiative imaging alternatives.

Whenever line of sight is not an option, shape sensing provides the critical information required to make the right decision in the most difficult environments.

In addition to the medical field, it empowers numerous applications in the Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Mining, and Energy markets.

MARKETS FOR FIBER OPTIC SHAPE SENSING

MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

SHAPE SENSING ENABLES A REVOLUTION IN THE GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION, AND CONTROL OF MEDICAL DEVICES

  • Navigation of tortuous anatomy
  • Catheters and endoscopes
  • Robotic surgery
  • MRI receiver coil location and shape for image correction and optimization
  • Orthopedic surgical tool position, control, and alignment
  • Biomechanics movement measurement

AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE APPLICATIONS

SHAPE SENSING ENABLES A PARADIGM SHIFT IN AVIATION INSTRUMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

  • Inspection tool shape, location and navigation
  • Wing shape and other structural deformation

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

SHAPE SENSING ENABLES GROUNDBREAKING INNOVATION IN THE MONITORING OF CIVIL, ENERGY, AND NUCLEAR ASSETS

  • Soil settling
  • Structural displacement and deformation
  • Remotely operated vehicle umbilical or tether shape and location
  • Mining, boring, and drilling tool positioning

BLOG

  • Choosing The Right Shape Sensing Solution For Your Application
    Fiber optic shape sensing generally requires three key components; a fiber sensing data acquisition system, a fiber-based 3D shape sensor, and an algorithm which translates measured optical data to the shape of the fiber sensor.  Shape is most often obtained through the measurement and integration of a multitude of strain measurements along the length of…
  • 3D Shape Sensing Basics
    Fiber optic 3D shape sensing involves localizing and quantifying deformation occurring at one or more locations along the length of a fiber-based sensor.  Such deformation may be single degree of freedom bending of a joint and require just one sensor, or, it may be a complex combination of bending, twisting, and axial elongation which varies…
  • Why Shape Sensing is Poised to Displace Other Localization Technologies
    Effective guidance and navigation of medical devices inside the human anatomy is a critical aspect in many procedures, but remains tricky with currently available solutions. While the trend in technology tends to favor electromagnetic sensors, there are many reasons to be wary of their application in the clinical domain. Electromagnetic interferences are a powerful force…