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Gross and histological results on bone and meniscus cuts by XeCl-excimer laser radiation
Author(s): Renate Jahn M.D.; Guenter Delling; Karl-Heinz Jungbluth; Werner Lierse; Walter Neu
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Paper Abstract

Ablation of hard biological tissue using XeCl-excimer lasers (wavelength 308 nm) yielded promising results. The 308 nm radiation was guided by tapered quartz fibers with core diameters of 400 - 1000 micrometers . Applying pulse energy of up to 70 mJ (pulse duration 28 ns, 60 ns, 300 ns) at different repetition rates, we found no noticeable thermal damage. The samples were immersed in water during irradiation. Bone specimens cut by the excimer laser did not show any melted hydroxylapatite crystals as described in the CO2-cutting experiments performed by HORCH (4). The gross, histological, and scanning electron microscope examination of cuts and bore holes produced by excimer laser ablation of meniscus and bone tissue will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1643, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137365
Show Author Affiliations
Renate Jahn M.D., Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)
Guenter Delling, Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Jungbluth, Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)
Werner Lierse, Univ. of Hamburg (Germany)
Walter Neu, Laser-Lab. Goettingen e.V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1643:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems III
R. Rox Anderson M.D., Editor(s)

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