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New approach to determining laser effects on bone
Author(s): Matthias Christ; Thomas G. Barton; Karl Hoermann M.D.; Hans-Jochen Foth; Norbert Stasche M.D.
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Paper Abstract

Dealing with laser-tissue interaction, it is essential to investigate both the morphology of laser- induced effects and the ablation rate. The conventional methods, like HE-stained histological sections, have various disadvantages as regards artifacts or spatial crater morphology assessment. A confocal laserscanning microscope was applied to investigate the laser effects of a Ho:YAG laser on bovine bone. With this instrument it is possible to scan the object both along the xy-plane and the z-axis, thus `optically cut' the specimen without damaging them, yielding exact crater profiles, 3D images, and crater volume calculations. In the delicate region of the skull base area it is of fundamental importance to know exactly which kind of affect will take place regarding both ablation rate and morphology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2327, Medical Applications of Lasers II, (23 December 1994);
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Matthias Christ, Univ. Hospital of Mannheim (Germany)
Thomas G. Barton, Univ. Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Karl Hoermann M.D., Univ. Hospital of Mannheim (Germany)
Hans-Jochen Foth, Univ. Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Norbert Stasche M.D., Klinikum Kaiserslautern (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2327:
Medical Applications of Lasers II
Stephen G. Bown; J. Escourrou; Frank Frank; Herbert J. Geschwind M.D.; Guilhem Godlewski M.D.; Frederic Laffitte; Hans H. Scherer M.D., Editor(s)

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