Optics and medical devices have a long history and partnership. Since the invention of the microscope in the late 1500s to mid-1600s, the interest and desire to “see” into the human body to diagnose illness and subsequently repair it has only intensified.
Optics in modern medical devices fall into two categories: those used for diagnosis of illness, and those which are therapeutic or used in a variety of treatments. Devices within these categories include endoscopy, optical coherence tomography (non-invasive imaging test), surgical guidance cameras, intraoral cameras, ophthalmological imaging, 3D dental scanners, short-pulse laser surgical systems, and much, much more.
What Differentiates Optics Used in Medical Devices from Other Industries?