Effects of Medical Sterilization on Optical Fibers


Optical fibers are successfully used in various areas of medicine, including urology, general surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, endoscopy, dentistry and medical sensing. Prior to use inside a human body the fiber must be sterilized. Many types of treatments are known as effective sterilization techniques. OFS studied the effects of three sterilization conditions on optical fiber: multiple autoclaving, treatment with ethylene oxide, and treatment with gamma rays. Dr. Andrei A. Stolov will discuss these effects on key optical and mechanical properties of the fibers.

Dr. Andrei Stolov
Coatings Scientist

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