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IR Fibers In Medicine: Applications And Specifications
Author(s): Stephen M. Fry
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Paper Abstract

The CO2 laser is widely used in a diverse array of medical applications. Infrared ("IR") fibers which can deliver CO2 laser energy to the surgical site through flexible endoscopes and catheters will allow the surgeon to perform new medical procedures which are less invasive and more economical than conventional surgery. Fiber specifications depend on the specific application, and must be developed based on true medical needs. In general, characteristics such as medium power transmission (up to 30 W), small bend radius (down to a few millimeters), and low cost ($30-50per meter) will be required for less invasive surgical procedures. The IR fiber remains a technically and economically important component of future medical laser systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1986
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0618, Infrared Optical Materials and Fibers IV, (12 May 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.961091
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Stephen M. Fry, American Hospital Supply Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0618:
Infrared Optical Materials and Fibers IV
Paul Klocek, Editor(s)

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