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, fiber optic 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, fiber optic shape sensing empowers numerous applications in the Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Mining, and Energy markets.

MARKETS FOR FIBER OPTIC SHAPE SENSING

FIBER OPTIC SHAPE SENSING IN 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

FIBER OPTIC SHAPE SENSING IN 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

SHAPE SENSING USING OPTICAL FIBER IN 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

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  • Reduced Clinical Risk in Electrophysiology Procedures with Fiber Optics Shape Sensing
    What is electrophysiology? Electrophysiology (specifically, cardiac electrophysiology), or “EP”, is defined as the science of elucidating, diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart, such as an arrythmia, or irregular heartbeat. The most common arrythmia is known as atrial fibrillation (AF).  When AF requires surgical intervention, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as…
  • Surgical Robotics Benefits From Emerging Shape Sensing Technology
    Surgical Robotics has seen rapid growth since Intuitive Surgical’s introduction of the Da Vinci platform in the early 2000s.  This trend comes as no surprise; robotics brings an unprecedented level of control, flexibility, repeatability, and safety to an increasing number of minimally invasive procedures.  It is enabling surgeons to make easy work of even some…
  • 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…