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Fiber optical delivery systems for surgery, diagnostics, and phototherapy
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Paper Abstract

New promising medical applications of IR lasers can be much wider with flexible cables and catheters for laser power delivery. Special super-dry silica fiber allow catheters to be designed for promising Ho and Tm lasers at wavelengths about 2 micrometers . But for longer wavelengths of Er:, CO- and CO2-lasers, other fibers should be used--polycrystalline silver halide fibers, singlecrystalline sapphire fibers, and hollow metal waveguides. Optical parameters of such fibers are under discussion alongside a design of special optical connectors, efficient coupling units, and optics at distal end. Applications of cables and catheters for laser therapy and medical diagnostics are analyzed.

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Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1524, Bioptics: Optics in Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57723
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Vjacheslav G. Artioushenko, General Physics Institute (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1524:
Bioptics: Optics in Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences
Anna Maria Verga Scheggi; Oliverio D.D. Soares, Editor(s)

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