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Chemical Laser Interactions With Human Cardiovascular Tissues
Author(s): M P Sartori; P D Henry; G. L Valderrama; R F Menefee; B D Krenek; L G Fredin; M J Berry
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Paper Abstract

Continuous wave (cw) and repetitively pulsed (rp) hydrogen fluoride (HF) and deuterium fluoride (DF) chemical laser interactions with human cardiovascular tissues have been studied in order to understand ablation phenomenology, effects, and mechanisms under well characterized laser irradiation conditions. CW HF/DF experiments were performed on normal and atherosclerotic tissues over a broad irradiance range (3-20 kW/cm2) to determine thermal coupling coefficients and effective enthalpies of ablation as a function of laser wavelength and tissue type. Similar experiments were completed using a rp HF chemical laser with a submicrosecond pulse duration. Plume probing experiments were also performed to characterize particle formation (i.e., spallation) generated by rp laser ablation. All of the data are used to consider the physical and chemical processes associated with thermal coupling phenomenology and thermochemical pyrolysis and ablation of cardiovascular tissues irradiated by infrared lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0908, Laser Interaction with Tissue, (3 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945339
Show Author Affiliations
M P Sartori, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)
P D Henry, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)
G. L Valderrama, Rice University (United States)
R F Menefee, Rice University (United States)
B D Krenek, Rice University (United States)
L G Fredin, Rice University (United States)
M J Berry, Rice University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0908:
Laser Interaction with Tissue
Michael W. Berns, Editor(s)

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