Fiber endoscope


A type of a tool that transfers image using a bundle of optical fibers, used for inside observation of the body which is impossible from the outside directly.

Compared to a rigid endoscope consisting of lenses alone, a fiber endoscope is flexible and can be easily bent because thin fibers are bundled, and therefore is used to see the inside of tubular organs such as digestive tracts and blood vessels. Fiber endoscopes are also used for industrial purposes such as inspection of the inside of pipes and jet engines. With micro surgical tools loaded on the inside of endoscopes, a doctor can perform a surgical operation while observing the diseased part. Research and development for making micro-surgical tools is also in progress.


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