1 June 1992 Pulse-stretched Alexandrite laser for improved optical fiber reliability for laser lithotripsy
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Proceedings Volume 1650, Medical Lasers and Systems; (1992) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.137502
Event: OE/LASE '92, 1992, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
Clinical data shows that short pulse duration lasers used in laser induced shock wave lithotripsy severely damage optical fibers on both the proximal and distal ends which is unsuitable for clinical use. An Alexandrite laser system has been developed that uses dynamic pulse stretching of the Q-switched laser pulse and improved optical fiber coupling to eliminate the fiber damage. The method of pulse stretching presented controls the laser output pulse energy from 50 to 150 millijoules and temporal shape from 0.5 to 1.5 microseconds. This yields effective fragmentation of calculi without damage to the optical fiber.
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David Simons, David Simons, Eric C. Koschmann, Eric C. Koschmann, } "Pulse-stretched Alexandrite laser for improved optical fiber reliability for laser lithotripsy", Proc. SPIE 1650, Medical Lasers and Systems, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137502; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.137502
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