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Medical applications of ultrashort-pulse lasers
Author(s): John E. Marion; Beop-Min Kim
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Paper Abstract

The medical applications for ultra short pulse lasers (USPLs) and their associated commercial potential are reviewed. Short pulse lasers offer the surgeon the possibility of precision cutting or disruption of tissue with virtually no thermal or mechanical damage to the surrounding areas. Therefore the USPL offers potential improvement to numerous existing medical procedures. Secondly, when USPLs are combined with advanced tissue diagnostics, there are possibilities for tissue-selective precision ablation that may allow for new surgeries that cannot at present be performed. Here we briefly review the advantages of short pulse lasers, examine the potential markets both from an investment community perspective, and from the view of the technology provider. Finally nominal performance and cost requirements for the lasers, delivery systems and diagnostics and the present state of development will be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3616, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351839
Show Author Affiliations
John E. Marion, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Beop-Min Kim, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3616:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers
Murray K. Reed; Joseph Neev, Editor(s)

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