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Chemical By-Products Produced By CO2 And Nd:YAG Laser Interaction With Tissue
Author(s): John M Kokosa; Daryl J Doyle
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Paper Abstract

The interaction of CW CO2 and Nd:YAG laser light with animal tissue produces large quantities of smoke which has been of concern to laser surgeons. Analysis of the chemical constituents present in smoke produced by CO2 and Nd:YAG laser interaction with samples of beef liver were very similar. A significant quantity of benzene and lesser quantities of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) were found to be present. Since these chemicals are classified as carcinogens, adequate smoke exhaust devices should be used during all laser surgical procedures for the protection of patients and operating room personnel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0908, Laser Interaction with Tissue, (3 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945341
Show Author Affiliations
John M Kokosa, GMI Engineering & Management Institute (United States)
Daryl J Doyle, GMI Engineering & Management Institute (United States)

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

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