Optoelectronic Sensors

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Optoelectronic sensors are used in large medical devices like MRI and CAT Scan machines. This is a device that turns a human trait such as heartbeat or pulse into an electronic signal. Using these machines, health care technicians can monitor the body.

Optoelectronic Sensors Save Lives

As people get older, they demand more and more high tech solutions to health problems. Optoelectronic sensors for medical use must be reliable, accurate and economically efficient. It is also unacceptable for them to contain any lead, as this can be poisonous. The most common type of optoelectronic sensors are semiconductor photodiodes. These devices are used for light sensing.

Essentially, what the medical community is striving for will look something like the Tricorder device on Star Trek. It would be a great aid to physicians to simply point a small machine at the patient and instantly read the output. No more would we have to describe the suspected medical problem. No more would we be poked or prodded, or blood taken from us

Television of the Future

When the Star Trek series was first popular, cell phones weren't around. Star Trek characters, however, commonly spoke with one another on communicators that look a lot like the modern cell phone. Apparently, life imitates art. Life saving technology will greatly benefit when being able to diagnose and treat a problem at a glance becomes a reality as well.


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