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Ultrasound for noninvasive control of laser-induced tissue heating and coagulation
Author(s): Bernhard Kleffner; Martin Kriegerowski; Theo Oltrup; Thomas Bende; Benedikt J. Jean
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Paper Abstract

The application of lasers to achieve localized thermal tissue damage is a common technique in minimally invasive surgery. Currently, there is no control during these treatments. In glaucoma therapy the laser energy applied and the beam direction are estimated prior to treatment, according to clinical experience and anatomic norm values. This lack of on-line control may limit success and lead to side effects. Precision and efficiency of treatment could be improved markedly by analysis of spatially resolved, temperature-dependent data obtained by Ultrasound Reflectometry. Thermally induced changes, as well as their localization were detected qualitatively in B-scan. Quantification was achieved by integration of high frequency RF-signals with the following resolution: spatial 50 micrometers , temporal 200 microsecond(s) , temperature 0.5 degree(s). The presented method is suitable for a non-invasive on-line therapy control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2681, Laser-Tissue Interaction VII, (7 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239562
Show Author Affiliations
Bernhard Kleffner, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Martin Kriegerowski, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Theo Oltrup, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Thomas Bende, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Benedikt J. Jean, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2681:
Laser-Tissue Interaction VII
Steven L. Jacques, Editor(s)

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