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Finding Light Wavelengths of Materials Used to Make Surgical Instruments

Light wavelengths and reflective materials can impact a surgeon’s ability to see and find instruments when inside a patient. Knowing that, you can test the materials using spectrophotometers. Spectrophotometers are used in labs to find the light wavelengths of dozens of materials, which in turn is useful for the creation of many surgical instruments. Here’s how these imaging machines find the individual reflective properties and light wavelengths of materials.

The Material Is Scanned Like a Printed Piece of Paper

To help you visualize this process, imagine a machine that looks similar to a computer printer. Inside it has a space to place a piece of material. It then scans the material with a laser. Like a computer printer, it is attempting to gather digital information and recreate what it has scanned. What makes it different from a computer printer is the fact that instead of forming a copy of an object and projecting the copy onto another surface, these spectrophotometers register numbers that translate into data. The data is read by a trained technician who understands what the data means and can write up a description of the reflective properties and light wavelengths that register on the material.

The Material Chosen Is Then Made Into Surgical Instruments

The material that meets specific criteria for surgical instrument production is then processed and sent to the factory. It is used to manufacture certain instruments, which are then sold to hospitals and/or clinics. If you are in the business of manufacturing medical instruments and you want to scan a material in this fashion, contact NE Lab Systems via