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CO2 laser ablation of external genital lesions with a SwiftLase flashscanner: treatment of extramammary Paget's disease of the vulva, penile condylomata, and other lesions
Author(s): Eric J. Sacknoff M.D.; Jay Schweitzer; Michael Slatkine; Douglass S. Mead
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The ability to vaporize extremely thin layers of epithelial tissue without any char and with minimal thermal necrosis is extremely advantageous in the treatment of superficial lesions of the external genitalia. We present a novel CO2 laser `SwiftLase' flashscan technology capable of providing char free ablation of 3 mm diameter lesions with only 150 micron residual thermal necrosis depth at power level as low as 10 watts. These power levels are achievable with a small transportable CO2 laser. The SwiftLaser is a miniature opto- mechanical scanner which homogeneously covers a 3 mm diameter surface with a 0.1 mm spot size focused beam within 0.1 seconds. The instantaneous beam's dwelling time is 1 millisecond. The instantaneous power density level at the focal point is higher than the threshold for char free ablation, thus providing a large char free ablation crater. Since depth of each ablated layer is 0.1 mm, the depth of treatment can be precisely controlled. The SwiftLaser technology has extensively and successfully been used in the last two years for the treatment of HPV in female lower tracts (Vulvectomy). The same technique may be performed with extramammary Paget's disease of the vulva, penile condylomata, and other epithelial disorders of the external genitalia without damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Technique and clinical results will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2395, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209090
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Eric J. Sacknoff M.D., Harvard Medical School (United States)
Jay Schweitzer, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Michael Slatkine, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Douglass S. Mead, Sharplan Lasers, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2395:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V
R. Rox Anderson M.D.; Graham M. Watson M.D.; Rudolf W. Steiner; Douglas E. Johnson M.D.; Stanley M. Shapshay M.D.; Michail M. Pankratov; George S. Abela M.D.; Lawrence S. Bass M.D.; John V. White M.D.; Rodney A. White M.D.; Kenneth Eugene Bartels D.V.M.; Lloyd P. Tate V.D.M.; C. Thomas Vangsness M.D., Editor(s)

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