Medical diagnostics serves to investigate the causes of diseases or functional disorders and diagnose these. Imaging methods such as endoscopy, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) play an important role here. A further field involves laboratory diagnostics, which utilizes photometric processes for examining blood, for example. Blood sugar measuring devices determine the glucose concentration in the blood of diabetes patients. A generation of devices measures in a non-invasive manner using optical methods and thus enables continuous monitoring, thereby sparing the patient uncomfortable finger pricks. In a similar way, pulse oximeters measure the oxygen concentration in the blood via the different light absorption of the hemoglobin saturated with oxygen. Spirometry examines the function of the lungs in order to diagnose respiratory tract and lung diseases such as asthma or chronic-obstructive bronchitis.
In the above and many other methods of medical diagnostics, new technologies and technical improvements enable ever faster and more accurate results and consequently result in better treatment success. Sensors and sensor systems are an essential component of the applications here. With its long-standing international experience in the area of development and production services for medical technology, First Sensor offers you extensive options to stand apart from the competition through innovative products – thanks to even more accurate, rapid or reliable individual solutions.
First Sensor develops and manufactures customized sensor and micro systems as a strategic partner to medical product manufacturers in the area of medical diagnostics.
We utilize state-of-the-art layout and connecting technologies for the assembly and calibration of semiconductor chips and micro-optics under clean room conditions. Our customized optical systems integrate LEDs, laser diodes, photodiodes, filters and lenses into compact units. The elements can be mounted on various substrate materials such as rigid or flexible printed circuit boards, ceramic circuit carriers or metal frames and can be encapsulated hermetically by transfer molding or potting.
We produce large-scale X-ray detector arrays for computer tomography. Ultra-modern flip-chip technology is used to assemble the individual chips on a multilayer LTCC ceramic substrate and underfill them with a special plastic. The individual sensor elements attain the highest fitting accuracies with a tolerance of 10 µm in all three spatial directions, thereby ensuring the smallest dead spaces and a high filling factor. The detector arrays then undergo a complete mechanical and electrical quality check. For flexible video endoscopes, we provide complete optical systems, which integrate the CCD image sensor chip and miniature lens systems into a compact unit.
Customized sensors and systems from First Sensor enable perfect integration in end devices, cost savings during instrument development and competitive advantages thanks to short development cycles for you as a medical product manufacturer. Our complete advisory, development, production and service processes comply with the high requirements for medical products according to EN ISO 13485.