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Design Criteria For In-Vivo Laser Angioplasty
Author(s): T. Goldenberg; F. Litvack; W. Grundfest; J. Forrester; J. B. Laudenstager; T. Pacala
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Paper Abstract

Nanosecond pulsed lasers have two advantages compared to conventional C. W. lasers. First, they improve the precision of ablation and second, they minimize the thermal effects of laser action. These properties may allow for increased control of the laser beam and safer clinical application of laser angioplasty. Before clinical testing can begin two key problems must be resolved. First, the optimal combination of wavelength, energy density and power density for atheroma ablation must be defined. And second, since the nanosecond pulses of laser energy used generate enormous peak powers, they often destroy the fiberoptic waveguide used to transmit the energy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0713, Optical Fibers in Medicine II, (1 April 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937370
Show Author Affiliations
T. Goldenberg, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
F. Litvack, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (United States)
W. Grundfest, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (United States)
J. Forrester, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (United States)
J. B. Laudenstager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)
T. Pacala, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0713:
Optical Fibers in Medicine II
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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