There is considerable interest in the development of photoacoustic endoscopy probes (PAE) for applications in foetal medicine, interventional surgery and gastroenterology. However, most previous PAE probes employ a combination of mechanical scanning and piezoelectric transducers at the distal end which can be technically complex and pose challenges in achieving the required level of miniaturisation and acoustic performance. To overcome these limitations, we present two novel all-optical forward-viewing endoscopic probes that use coherent fibre bundles to address a Fabry-Pérot polymer film ultrasound sensor.

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