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    POF brings several key advantages over copper and glass to every application that it is used in. Image: verkeorg / Flickr (source) (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Plastic optical fiber has uses in many different medical applications, from physiological sensors to imaging.

    In addition to high-speed data links that are unaffected by electromagnetic fields, fiber optics are an important component of various medical sensors and instruments. Image: Andy G / Flickr (source) (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    When a plastic optical fiber undergoes a physical change, such as bending, the light passing through it undergoes changes that are detectable, allowing it to be used as a sensor.

    Fiber optic cable can be used to create flexible and precise light sources. Image: Starfire Lighting Solutions.