21 June 1988 Pulsed Laser Ablation Of Calcified Plaque
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Proceedings Volume 0906, Optical Fibers in Medicine III; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.945296
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Laser ablation of calcific plaque in human arteries has been demonstrated with visible radiation at intensities (107 W/cm2) that are readily transmitted by flexible (320 μm diameter) quartz optical fibers. The ablative mechanism involves formation of a plasma with mechanical fragmentation of the plaque by stress waves rather than simply thermal vaporization. By appropriate selection of laser pulse duration (<50 μsec), wavelength and exposure, the laser pulse can ablate the calcified plaque but will not ablate normal artery. These optimized laser parameters may enhance the safety and efficacy of laser endarterectomy.
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M. R. Prince, M. R. Prince, R. R. Anderson, R. R. Anderson, T. F. Deutsch, T. F. Deutsch, G. M. LaMuraglia, G. M. LaMuraglia, "Pulsed Laser Ablation Of Calcified Plaque", Proc. SPIE 0906, Optical Fibers in Medicine III, (21 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945296; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.945296

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