Amid hundreds of titles about fiber optic sensors, this book is part of a much smaller subset that focus on biomedical applications. The first chapters cover the basics of fiber optics, optical devices and optical sensing; subsequent chapters deal with the practicalities of sensors, including catheters and packaging. The closing chapters discuss applications in medicine ranging from those still in the research phase to those commercially available, including a brief chapter on smart textiles and wearables.

The book includes scores of formulas, charts and diagrams, as well as black-and-white photos of parts and systems. A comprehensive index makes for easier navigation. Two appendixes include MATLAB code that is briefly referenced in the text, in connection to LabVIEW data acquisition. Although lacking application problems, this book could be used as a textbook for a graduate class, or as a reference for a researcher in the field.

Review by Bogdan Hoanca, a professor of management information systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage, USA.


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