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Comparison of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide laser-tissue interaction
Author(s): Ruth Anne Waters; J. Meirion Thomas; R. Marc Clement; N. Richard Ledger
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Paper Abstract

The Carbon Dioxide laser has been a proven medical tool for over ten years with established applications in Gynaecology, Dermatology, E.N.T. and Oral surgery. Over the years, major technological advances have been made leading to a number of products available on the market. These technological advances include: sealed tube technology, close 1oop cooling, superpulsed operation. However, despite several indications to the contrary, a flexible fibre delivery system for this wavelength has not emerged. This limits the application of the carbon dioxide laser in medicine to those where direct line of sight access to the treatment area is possible. This investigation of the interaction of CO laser light with tissue was motivated mainly by the possibility of fibre delivery of the 5 micron wavelength. If the CO laser has a similar tissue interaction to 2' then there could be a major market for such medical laser systems. The fibre delivery would open new potential treatments in fields such as angiopasty, laserthermia and other procedures possible only by fibre delivery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1427, Laser-Tissue Interaction II, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44119
Show Author Affiliations
Ruth Anne Waters, Westminster Hospital (United Kingdom)
J. Meirion Thomas, Westminster Hospital (United Kingdom)
R. Marc Clement, Swansea Institute of Higher Education (United Kingdom)
N. Richard Ledger, Swansea Institute of Higher Education (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1427:
Laser-Tissue Interaction II
Steven L. Jacques, Editor(s)

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