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Neodymium:YAG fiber delivery system for interstitial photothermal therapy
Author(s): Michael Slatkine; Douglass S. Mead; Eli Konwitz; Douglas E. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

We describe here a highly durable 600 (mu) optical fiber with a 20 mm frosted distal tip protected by a smooth transparent cover that is capable of remaining in contact with tissue for prolonged periods. When used with a Neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser, the active fiber surface diffuses optical radiation in a radial pattern, delivering up to 40 W power, and thus providing consistent and uniform interstitial photothermal therapy. Animal studies in the United States and clinical studies in Europe have demonstrated the feasibility of using these fibers to treat a variety of soft-tissue pathologies, including benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2129, Lasers in Urology, (2 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175018
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Slatkine, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Douglass S. Mead, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Eli Konwitz, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Douglas E. Johnson, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2129:
Lasers in Urology
Graham M. Watson; Rudolf W. Steiner; Douglas E. Johnson, Editor(s)

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