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Volatile organic components in laser and electrosurgery plume
Author(s): Hansjoerg Albrecht; Roland Hagemann; Wolfgang Waesche; Guenther Wagner; Gerhard J. Mueller
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Paper Abstract

Volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions from laser surgery and electrosurgery were evaluated using a multisorbent sampler and capillary gas chromatograph system (GC). The experiments were carried out by vaporization of different tissues (liver, muscle, skin) under standardized conditions by use of CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers. As comparison the VOCs produced with an electrocauter surgical unit were investigated. With the use of a described sample and analyzer train a mixture of about 150 VOCs has been obtained. Up to now 15 substances have been identified as non-aromatic aldehydes, nitrils and aromatic hydrocarbons. The studies focus on quantitative results for these identified components. By use of the Toluene production the dependence of the emitted concentration on parameters as wavelength, power density, total energy applied, and tissue type can be shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2077, Laser Interaction with Hard and Soft Tissue, (1 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168045
Show Author Affiliations
Hansjoerg Albrecht, Laser-Medizin-Zentrum GmbH Berlin (Germany)
Roland Hagemann, Laser-Medizin-Zentrum GmbH Berlin (Germany)
Wolfgang Waesche, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Guenther Wagner, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Gerhard J. Mueller, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2077:
Laser Interaction with Hard and Soft Tissue
Martin J. C. van Gemert; Rudolf W. Steiner; Lars Othar Svaasand; Hansjoerg Albrecht, Editor(s)

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