1 June 1991 Comparison of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide laser-tissue interaction
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Proceedings Volume 1427, Laser-Tissue Interaction II; (1991) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.44119
Event: Optics, Electro-Optics, and Laser Applications in Science and Engineering, 1991, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Carbon Dioxide laser has been a proven medical tool for over ten years with established applications in Gynaecology, Dermatology, E.N.T. and Oral surgery. Over the years, major technological advances have been made leading to a number of products available on the market. These technological advances include: sealed tube technology, close 1oop cooling, superpulsed operation. However, despite several indications to the contrary, a flexible fibre delivery system for this wavelength has not emerged. This limits the application of the carbon dioxide laser in medicine to those where direct line of sight access to the treatment area is possible. This investigation of the interaction of CO laser light with tissue was motivated mainly by the possibility of fibre delivery of the 5 micron wavelength. If the CO laser has a similar tissue interaction to 2' then there could be a major market for such medical laser systems. The fibre delivery would open new potential treatments in fields such as angiopasty, laserthermia and other procedures possible only by fibre delivery.
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Ruth Anne Waters, J. Meirion Thomas, R. Marc Clement, and N. Richard Ledger "Comparison of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide laser-tissue interaction", Proc. SPIE 1427, Laser-Tissue Interaction II, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44119; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.44119

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