Effects of Sterilization Methods on Key Properties of Specialty Optical Fibers Used in Medical Devices

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Author: Andrei A. Stolov*, Brian E. Slyman, David T. Burgess, Adam S. Hokansson, Jie Li and R. Steve Allen
Monday, February 25, 2019

Optical fibers with different types of polymer coatings were exposed to three sterilization conditions: multiple autoclaving, treatment with ethylene oxide and treatment with gamma rays. Effects of different sterilization techniques on key optical and mechanical properties of the fibers are reported. The primary attention is given to behavior of the coatings in harsh sterilization environments. The following four coating/buffer types were investigated:
     •  (i) dual acrylate
     •  (ii) polyimide
     •  (iii) silicone/PEEK
     •  (iv) fluoroacrylate hard cladding/ETFE

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Biophotonicsfiber opticsOpticsoptical fibersterilizationautoclaveethylene oxidegamma radiationpolyimide coatingsilicone coatingPeekpolymer cladding
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