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High Strength, Hard-Coated All Silica Optical Fiber For Laser Surgery
Author(s): B. J. Skutnik; M. H. Hodge; J. P. Clarkin
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Paper Abstract

Recently many researchers, doctors and instrument companies have begun developing fiber optic laser delivery systems to accomplish less traumatic surgery or localized irradiation treatmentE13. With high power levels, particularly in short bursts, fibers with cores larger than telcom are needed to keep the power densities from approaching the damage threshold of silica. Among the many advantages of using optical fibers in laser surgery are the following: microsurgery can be employed, trauma is reduced, access to interior through catheter introduction into vascular, gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts, accurate application of laser power through a lightweight medium to provide localized irradiation as well as surgical removal , and the devices are sterilizable and of moderate cost permitting one-time use (disposable) probes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1067, Optical Fibers in Medicine IV, (15 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952124
Show Author Affiliations
B. J. Skutnik, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
M. H. Hodge, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
J. P. Clarkin, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1067:
Optical Fibers in Medicine IV
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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