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Over the past 50 years, laser technology has become an integral part of modern medicine. Since a laser beam provides a vehicle for delivering energy in such a precisely controlled way, and without physical contact, it’s not surprising that the laser has found so much use in medical applications. The following video describes recent Ophir laser measurement solutions for medical applications and laser beam analysis:

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You medical laser needs periodic measurement to ensure it continues to operate at the desired output settings.

There are two ways to measure the internal laser of your medical device:

Hulk: large, thermal sensor to absorb the full laser power.
Spiderman: small sensor to sample the beam in-process.

As you might expect, each method comes with advantages and disadvantages.

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We’ve all been there before.

Struggling to reduce the cost of the BOM, we try to do everything ourselves.

After all, you’re an engineer, aren’t you? You have your own staff of hardware and software engineers, mechanical engineers, physicists, and anyone else you might need.

So, if there’s a complex part that adds a significant cost to your BOM, you’ll try to cut corners. “Let’s see how we can design that ourselves,” you say…

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You might not need something for months, but when you need it, you need it yesterday.

So the saying goes for start-ups, but I expect it holds true for all companies.

The problem is, you aren’t just buying off-the-shelf sensors and figuring out where to stick them into your medical device. You need a custom solution.

Custom solutions take time to design, by definition.