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Medical Applications Of Ultraviolet Lasers
Author(s): Ronald W Waynant
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Paper Abstract

Abstract Rare-gas halogen excimer lasers which emit in the middle and near ultraviolet have been shown to make extremely clean, sharp cut s in tissue with little thermal damage to nearby tissue. In addition to their high absorption and short pulsewidth that result in minimal tissue damage, it is believed that the high photon energies of these ultraviolet wavelengths also result in chemical bond breaking during the ablation process. This paper reviews the current status of ultraviolet lasers in medicine, examines the ongoing research and discusses the problems that remain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0894, Gas Laser Technology, (12 July 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944392
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Ronald W Waynant, Food and Drug Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0894:
Gas Laser Technology
Peter P. Chenausky; Roland A. Sauerbrey; James H. Tillotson, Editor(s)

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