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Contact probes for the Nd:YAG laser
Author(s): Stephen N. Joffe; Norio Daikuzono; John Osborn; Prem Batra; Richard Studer; M . T. Sankar; John C. Fisher
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Paper Abstract

Patients have been successfully treated without complications, endoscopically using contact neodymium:YAG laser endoprobes for tumors and bleeding, and during open surgery with the laser scalpel. The contact probes made from a synthetic sapphire crystal with its optical properties, geometric design, thermal conductivity and high melting temperature (2030 C - 2050 C) have proven to be more effective than the current conventional non-contact method of delivering laser energy through a quartz fiber. Advantages include greater precision, sterility, avoidance of the tip melting and a requirement for lower neodymium:YAG laser energy with reduced tissue damage. The configuration of the probes allows coagulation, cutting or vaporization depending on the clinical condition being treated. Future uses will include interstitial local hyperthermia and photodynamic therapy. These contact probes can also be used with the argon laser and offer dramatic improvements in medical applications of the neodymium:YAG laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 1986
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0576, Optical Fibers in Medicine and Biology I, (14 January 1986);
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen N. Joffe, University of Cincinnati (United States)
Norio Daikuzono, Surgical Laser Technologies Inc. (United States)
John Osborn, Surgical Laser Technologies Inc. (United States)
Prem Batra, Cincinnati Technical College (United States)
Richard Studer, Surgical Laser Technologies Inc. (United States)
M . T. Sankar, University of Cincinnati (United States)
John C. Fisher, University of Cincinnati (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0576:
Optical Fibers in Medicine and Biology I
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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