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Effects of Er:YAG laser irradiation on human cartilage
Author(s): Wojciech Glinkowski; Malgorzata Brzozowska; Bogdan Ciszek; Jan Rowinski; Wieslaw Strek
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Paper Abstract

Irradiation of the hyaline or fibrous cartilage excised from the body of a human cadaver with Er:YAG laser beam, single pulse with a dose of 1 J, produces a crater with a depth of approximately 500 micrometers and a diameter varying from 5 to 300 micrometers. Histological examination has revealed that the laser-made craters were surrounded by a thin rim (2-10 micrometer) of charred and coagulated tissue. No damage was observed in the cartilage surrounding the rim. The presence of sharp demarcation between the tissue areas ablated by laser energy and the undamaged areas argues for the potential usefulness of the Er:YAG laser in surgery of cartilages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2781, Lasers in Medicine, (27 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236837
Show Author Affiliations
Wojciech Glinkowski, Praski Hospital (Poland)
Malgorzata Brzozowska, Academy of Medicine (Poland)
Bogdan Ciszek, Academy of Medicine (Poland)
Jan Rowinski, Academy of Medicine and Polish Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine (Poland)
Wieslaw Strek, INCO-LASER (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2781:
Lasers in Medicine
Tadeusz Kecik; Wlodzimierz Nowakowski, Editor(s)

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