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Photothermal modeling of thulium fiber laser-tissue interactions
Author(s): Catherine E Warnaby; Daniel J Coleman; Terence A King
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Paper Abstract

A one-dimensional finite difference model has been used to investigate the temperature distribution within thulium fibre laser-irradiated tissue. Temperature-time and temperature-depth profiles are presented for various laser stimulus parameters in the 2 micron region. These current calculations are aimed at determining theoretical temperature distributions in the application of relatively low power fibre lasers for thermal stimulation of cutaneous nerves in human pain processing. Theoretical skin surface temperatures are compared with those from thermal camera measurements during thulium fibre laser irradiation. The effectiveness of the thulium fibre laser for thermally stimulating cutaneous nerves is confirmed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5142, Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions, (16 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500638
Show Author Affiliations
Catherine E Warnaby, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Daniel J Coleman, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Terence A King, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5142:
Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions
Rudolf W. Steiner, Editor(s)

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