Light Pipes in Healthcare

Healthcare is constantly evolving, today new research and technologies allow patients and healthcare providers to call on an enormous variety of medical devices, with new ones popping up at a dizzying rate. Light pipes are found in numerous medical devices, thanks to their ability to meet stringent regulations to help protect patients and providers from a wide range of hazards, including potentially dangerous voltages.

Rigid light pipes are widely used in HMI indication applications. They must typically withstand medical cleaning and sterilization procedures, so an IP67 rating is required to provide complete protection against dust, airborne particles, water and liquids. Flexible light pipes play a slightly different role in medical technology as a critical component of Minimally-Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedures including heart surgery, colorectal surgery, kidney transplants, and many others.

During MIS, a laparoscope, a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing - is inserted through one incision to guide the surgery. In-cavity lighting is the best choice for MIS procedures, and a flexible light pipe provides a highly targeted means of illuminating the inside of a surgical cavity – providing a critical function for physicians. High performance LED Indication and Illumination solutions serve a range of medical technology applications.

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