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Optoacoustic measurements during us irradiation of the retinal pigment epithelium
Author(s): Georg Schuele; Gereon Huettmann; Johann Roider; Christopher Wirbelauer; Reginald Birngruber; Ralf Brinkmann
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Paper Abstract

The selective microphotocoagulation is a new technique to damage the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), which is desired for treatment of several retinal diseases. By applying a train of microsecond(s) laser pulses it is possible to selectively destroy these cells and simultaneously spare the adjoining photoreceptor and neural tissue. We applied microsecond laser pulses of a Nd:YLF laser (527 nm), at a repetition rate of 500 Hz to porcine RPE. The light is absorbed in the RPE and by thermoelastic expansion, an optoacoustic (OA) signal will be generated which could be measured by an ultrasonic transducer. With this setup, the baseline temperature increase at the RPE, during irradiation can be determined, since the optoacoustic pressure signal depends on the temperature of the irradiated RPE. We found a linear dependence of the OA amplitude to the RPE sample temperature. At higher irradiance we proved the formation of microbubbles and bubble collapse in the RPE with OA techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3914, Laser-Tissue Interaction XI: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (13 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388090
Show Author Affiliations
Georg Schuele, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Gereon Huettmann, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Johann Roider, Univ. Regensburg (Germany)
Christopher Wirbelauer, Univ. Luebeck (Germany)
Reginald Birngruber, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)
Ralf Brinkmann, Medical Laser Center Luebeck GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3914:
Laser-Tissue Interaction XI: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
Jeffrey O. Hollinger; Donald Dean Duncan; Donald Dean Duncan; Jeffrey O. Hollinger; Steven L. Jacques, Editor(s)

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