The SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide plug-and-play illumination solution for single-use endoscopes is the first member of a new modular product family based on fiber optics.
Fiber optic lighting specialist SCHOTT has developed the SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide illumination solution, a plug-and-play light guide that allows easy and fast installation into a complete system. Thanks to the space-saving integration of flexible glass fibers, the illumination product delivers the maximum amount of light to the exact spot needed. The new solution also reduces heat transmission to enable easier registration with regulatory authorities. The development marks SCHOTTs first entrance into the single-use endoscope market. SCHOTT will present its innovations for single-use endoscopes at the medical device trade show COMPAMED, November 18–21, 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany (Hall 8b, Stand H08).
“Our new SCHOTT® SingleEZ concept not only makes integrating illumination based on glass optical fibers easier, but also introduces the advantages of this technology to single-use endoscopes,” said Holger Werner, business development manager medical at SCHOTT Lighting & Imaging. “We offer first-class light quality where other illumination solutions such as direct LEDs or plastic fibers would reach their technical limits.”
Minimum diameter with maximum efficiency
Especially thin endoscopes such as bronchoscopes, rhinoscopes or uretheoscopes have very little space for illumination, leading to extremely limited outer diameters for light guides. The new SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide offers maximum light output by making the most use of the available space.
Regulated heat management
The SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide also improves product design by solving technical issues such as heat management in a cost-effective way. By transporting light through passive glass fibers, the fiber optic illumination solution separates the heat-generating LED light source from the tip of the endoscope. Keeping LEDs away from human tissue allows temperatures to stay below the critical threshold where tissue damage occurs. This also makes it easier to fulfill medial technology standards and regulatory requirements and enables faster approvals as well as a speedy market introduction.
High-quality light creates a better image
The SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide delivers a 120° light beam angle, which enables shadow-free illumination by exactly matching the imaging angle of the camera. The light guide also improves the color rendering index of the complete endoscope because light from a high quality light source is accurately brought to the point of action. This high image quality brings clear advantages: Precise images are the prerequisite for optimal tissue differentiation and meaningful diagnoses.
Glass optical fibers are sometimes overlooked as components for single-use devices because they require specialized handling during manufacturing and assembly. The plug-and-play nature of the SCHOTT® SingleEZ Guide means it comes ready to incorporate into a complete endoscopic system. The ability to integrate this lighting solution without handling, grinding or polishing any fiber bundles allows innovation at a fast pace.
Improving patients health with precision glass-based diffusers
Very high homogeneity and efficiency of light radiation
Various diffuser geometries: cylindrical, front emitting, spherical and special shapes
Full range of service capabilities from development to serial production
SCHOTTs high-performance glass-based diffusers radiate laser light extremely homogeneously and efficiently, enabling more effective medical treatments. The patent-pending laser-diffusing materials are available in various geometries, including cylindrical, front emitting, spherical and special shapes. Ideally suited for light-based medical treatments such as photodynamic therapy or laser-induced thermal therapy, laser diffusers support the fight against cancer. SCHOTT will present its diffusing solutions at COMPAMED trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, November 18-21, 2019 (Hall 8b, Booth H08).
International technology group SCHOTT brings innovation to the market with a performance profile unseen to date: glass-based laser-diffusing materials that radiate light extremely homogeneously and boast very high optical efficiency of more than 80%.
“Our customers want to transport light from their laser light source to the point of action,” says Juergen Hammerschmidt, head of new business development at SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging. “Technically speaking, they need qualified diffusion of laser energy. The excellent radiation homogeneity and optical efficiency of the diffusers has been verified through extensive testing, proving the capabilities of our material.”
The diffusers made in Germany also support high-power throughput of up to 20 W while keeping heat emissions low. This throughput outperforms other diffuser materials on the market.
Various geometries available
Cylindrical diffusers, typically 5 mm to 50 mm in length, radiate light to the side but not the front, with a power output of up to 500 mW/cm. Directed or sectional radiation profiles are also possible. Typical applications are photodynamic and photoimmuno therapy.
Front-emitting diffusers radiate light only from the tip. Optical components can be combined with the fiber to achieve a specific light homogeneity or beam shape. These diffusers can be used for various medical applications. Customized shapes are available upon request.
Spherical diffusers with a typical diameter of 0.3 mm to 1.0 mm are composed of a fiber with a ball-shaped tip and are used for laser-induced thermal therapies. SCHOTTs glass-based materials offer extremely homogeneous radiation characteristics and support power up to 20 W.
Special-shaped diffuser solutions are also available.
Full range of services
SCHOTT offers a full range of services along the development pipeline: from early-stage development, component design and prototyping, application engineering, customization and micro-assembly to high volume serial production.
“If you need flexible laser beam or laser light diffuser solutions, think SCHOTT,” Hammerschmidt adds. “We encourage prospects to approach us early on to explain their needs so that we can cooperate closely to develop a customized solution.”
SCHOTT looks back on more than 50 years of experience in the medical device industry. The companys production sites for medical components are certified according to ISO 13485 and are FDA registered.