Abstract

This paper presents the characterization results of a new all-optical applicator for improved tumor laser ablation treatments that features customized irradiation pattern and built-in temperature sensors. The probe exploits a double cladding optical fiber to integrate some Bragg gratings acting as temperature sensing elements in the core while guiding the high power beam used for the ablation in the inner cladding. The assessment of the probe behavior has been conducted in two steps: First, with an agar gel phantom to characterize the irradiation pattern and to validate the Bragg grating based measurement setup in comparison with a thermographic camera; then, simulating actual treatments using an ex vivo animal liver.

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