Fiber optic probes for biomedical optical spectroscopy

Urs Utzinger, Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum

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Fiber optic probes are a key element for biomedical spectroscopic sensing. We review the use of fiber optic probes for optical spectroscopy, focusing on applications in turbid media, such as tissue. The design of probes for reflectance, polarized reflectance, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy is illustrated. We cover universal design principles as well as technologies for beam deflecting and reshaping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-147
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003



  • Fiber optic sensors
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Polarized reflectometry
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Reflectance spectroscopy
  • Resonance Raman spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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