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Hollow-waveguide-delivered infrared free-electron laser for microsurgical applications
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Paper Abstract

The Free Electron Loss (FEL) at Vanderbilt University is tunable form 2 μm to 9 μm in the mid-IR spectrum, which is capable of controlling predicted laser-tissue interaction by selecting a specific wavelength. However, delivery of this laser into the internal portion of the eye is difficult because of strong water absorption at this spectrum range and the high peak power of the FEL. We used a metallic coated hollow waveguide with a 530 μm inner diameter and 1 meter in length, and delivered the FEL beam to an autoclaved surgical probe. The prove tip was an 18 gauge canula with a mini CaF2 window fixed in front of it to protect the waveguide from contacting water. Human and animal cadaver eyes were used to perform an open sky retinal cutting procedure. The system was able to deliver 60 percent of FEL energy to the intraocular tissues. Up to 6 X 105w peak power was reached without damage to the waveguide or the surgical probe at the spectrum range of 2.94 μm to 7.7 μm. In conclusion, the hollow waveguide is suitable for delivering the IR FEL for intraocular microsurgical procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems, (5 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.309466
Show Author Affiliations
Jin-Hui Shen, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Karen Margaret Joos M.D., Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
James A. Harrington, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Denis M. O'Day M.D., Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Glenn S. Edwards, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3262:
Surgical-Assist Systems
Roger Von Hanwehr M.D.; Marilyn Sue Bogner; Steven T. Charles M.D.; Abraham Katzir; Marilyn Sue Bogner; Steven T. Charles M.D.; James A. Harrington; Warren S. Grundfest M.D.; Louis S. Lome; Warren S. Grundfest M.D.; James A. Harrington; Abraham Katzir; Louis S. Lome; Michael W. Vannier M.D.; Roger Von Hanwehr M.D., Editor(s)

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