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Dependence of ablation depth on angle of incidence for hard tissue ablation using pulsed CO2 laser
Author(s): Yaokun Zhang; Jessica Burgner; Jörg Raczkowsky; Heinz Wörn
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Paper Abstract

While using a laser to process hard tissue, it is difficult to guarantee, that the laser beam is always perpendicular to the tissue surface. Therefore, it is necessary to know the dependence of ablation depth on angle of incidence for preoperative planning. Considering the propagation of the ablation front, an Addition Model is developed in this work. It indicates that the shape of a crater ablated by a single pulse with non-zero angle of incidence can be regarded as the sum of the original tissue surface and a symmetric profile, which is corresponding to the shape of a crater ablated by perpendicularly incident beam. Meanwhile, the ablation depth at a point P is defined as the distance from P to the original tissue surface along the optical axis of the incident beam. In the context of this definition, the dependence is experimentally studied. The results of the experiments were unexpected: the ablation depth is independent of angle of incidence up to ca. 55°. Possible reasons for these results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8092, Medical Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions V, 809216 (2 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.889725
Show Author Affiliations
Yaokun Zhang, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Jessica Burgner, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Jörg Raczkowsky, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Heinz Wörn, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8092:
Medical Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions V
Ronald Sroka; Lothar D. Lilge, Editor(s)

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