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Quantification of holmium:YAG optical tip degradation
Author(s): Adam C. Mues; Joel M. H. Teichman; Bodo E. Knudsen
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Paper Abstract

The holmium:yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser is the gold standard laser for intracorporeal lithotripsy. Optical fibers are utilized to transmit laser energy to the surface of a stone for fragmentation. During lithotripsy, fiber tip degradation (burn back) can occur. The exact mechanism for tip degradation and related factors are not completely understood, and have not been investigated. This characteristic is important because fiber burn back may affect diminish fragmentation efficiency, increase operative time, and increase cost due to the need for fiber replacement. We hypothesize that fiber tip degradation (burn back) varies amongst different commercially available holmium:YAG laser fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7161, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V, 71611F (23 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808528
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Adam C. Mues, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Joel M. H. Teichman, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Bodo E. Knudsen, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7161:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V
Henry Hirschberg; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Kenton W. Gregory; Reza S. Malek; Nikiforos Kollias; Bernard Choi; Guillermo J. Tearney; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Steen J. Madsen; Laura Marcu; Haishan Zeng, Editor(s)

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