A fibre-optic catheter-tip force sensor with MRI compatibility: A feasibility study

Panagiotis Polygerinos, Tobias Schaeffter, Lakmal Seneviratne, Kaspar Althoefer

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of a low-cost, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible fibre-optic sensor for integration with catheters allowing the detection of contact forces between blood vessel walls and the catheter tip. Three plastic optical-fibres are aligned inside a plastic catheter in a circular pattern. A reflector is attached to a separate small part of the catheter tip, which is connected with a small deformable material to the aligned optical-fibres. In this manner a force at the catheter tip leads to a deformation of the elastic material and thus a modulation of the light yields, this is sent and received through the optical-fibres. An electronic circuit amplifies the retrieved light signal and the output voltage is used to classify the forces on the tip. The materials used are of the shelf and have a low magnetic susceptibility making this sensor fully MRI-compatible and inexpensive. Preliminary, experimental results demonstrated good force linearity in static loading and unloading conditions. The sensor was also tested in an artificial blood artery showing good dynamic response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
Pages1501-1504
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2009Sep 6 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009

Other

Other31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period9/2/099/6/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Health Informatics

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