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Use of sculpted contact fibers and Nd:YAG laser in image-guided neurosurgery
Author(s): Lucia J. Zamorano; Maria Cristina Chavantes
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Paper Abstract

The introduction of sapphire tips enabled the use of Nd:YAG lasers in contact surgery, thereby adding tactile feeling, surgical precision, and reduction of required optical power levels. However, the acceptance of sapphire tips has not been widespread. This is due to their high cost, limited reliability, cooling requirements, and somewhat inconvenient handling. The introduction of sculpted fibers has revolutionized Nd:YAG contact surgery by advancing a fully disposable, superior scalpel/coagulator at a considerably lower cost. Handheld contact fibers are excellent surgical tools for incision, excision, hemostatis, and vaporization of lesions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1993
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1894, Clinical Applications of Modern Imaging Technology, (17 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154944
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Lucia J. Zamorano, Wayne State Univ. (United States)
Maria Cristina Chavantes, Wayne State Univ. and Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1894:
Clinical Applications of Modern Imaging Technology
Abund Ottokar Wist, Editor(s)

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