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Toray Industries Inc.'s Raytela Polymer Optical Fiber POF Cable utilizes a unique polymer design structure that transmits light at a large, 79 degree angle through the core, resulting in up to 1.8 times more light broadcasting at the distal end than conventional polymer cables, the company reported in a news release. The light amplification is designed to improve minimally invasive surgery outcomes.
Raytela POF is designed to support endoscopy, ureteroscopy, ophthalmic surgeries and other challenging procedures that require devices that are increasingly smaller. It allows navigation of these smaller devices through more tortuous paths than ever before without fracturing. For instance, when compared with glass fibers used in many current devices, Raytela demonstrates greater fracture resistance and longer life. Given its smaller diameter design, Raytela optical fiber can negotiate tight 9-mm radius bends and bend back upon itself 180° with no loss in light intensity.
Because Raytela is very flexible and is a highly efficient transmitter of high intensity light, its use can result in smaller diameter devices that require fewer light cables.