Medical catheterization, a safety-critical application

Coralie Simard
Marketing Manager
Coralie Simard works as Marketing Manager at FBGS.

Integrating fiber optic shape sensing in catheters enables navigation and position tracking to improve accuracy and repeatability of medical treatments.

Although there have been improvements made in the precision of the positioning of medical instruments by using fluoroscopy, there are still open questions and the need for further improvements. Being the flagship company in this technology FBGS keeps researching and investing to offer its customers state-of-the-art accuracy.

Fiber optic shape sensing has been in many papers proven to be a very good candidate to enable additional navigation and position tracking features for medical instruments and robots.

Different applications mean different challenges for the fiber like twist compensation, calibration and parameter optimization which will impact the sought accuracy.

Therefore, FBGS invests into R&D to overcome them. PhD student Omar Al-Ahmad discusses some of their aspects in his recent paper. His results meet the highest precision ever achieved for complex geometrical shapes and at a fix fiber length. His experiments also show a very reliable measurement with a mean spatial error in the sub mm range.

Read the whole paper:
Improved FBG-Based Shape Sensing Methods for Vascular Catheterization Treatment
Author: Omar Al-Ahmad

Share this article

Sign up for newsletter

Contact us

* These fields are required.

How we use your information

We are committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal information and will always treat it with the upmost care. You can find out how we handle your data and all the ways we use it to provide you with a better service in our Privacy Statement.

By submitting this form, you consent to the use of your data in accordance with our Privacy Statement.


FBGS Technologies GmbH
Winzerlaer Straße 2
D-07745 Jena


FBGS International NV
Bell Telephonelaan 2H

B-2440 Geel


Suzhou X2 Electronic Technology Co Ltd
Room No. 2003, Building 38, No. 60 Weixin Road, Suzhou Industrial Park
215122 Suzhou, Jiangsu China