14 June 1999 Tissue ablation with the free-electron laser: contributions of wavelength and pulse structure
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Proceedings Volume 3601, Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical; (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.350020
Event: BiOS '99 International Biomedical Optics Symposium, 1999, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
The Vanderbilt free-electron laser provides a continuously tunable ((lambda) equals 2 - 10 micrometer) source of pulsed IR radiation with a pulse structure unlike those of conventional lasers (a macropulse of 4.5 ms consisting of a micropulse train of 1 ps pulses separated by 350 ps). Tuned to the vibrational mode of the amide-II band ((lambda) equals 6.45 micrometer), the laser is well suited for precise tissue ablation with reported minimal thermal and collateral tissue damage. However, the relative influences of the pulse structure and wavelength on tissue ablation is still not clear. The effects of different wavelengths ((lambda) equals 2.94, 3.36, and 6.45 micrometer) on tissue ablation were compared using pump-probe imaging of tissue phantoms while simultaneously laser-induced pressures were measured with a piezoelectric needle hydrophone. Bovine heart tissue was ablated in vitro using clinically relevant parameters and laser induced damage was examined histologically. The results of these experiments, and their implications will be discussed.
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Stephen R. Uhlhorn, Stephen R. Uhlhorn, Shannon Harrison, Shannon Harrison, Hans Surya Pratisto, Hans Surya Pratisto, E. Duco Jansen, E. Duco Jansen, } "Tissue ablation with the free-electron laser: contributions of wavelength and pulse structure", Proc. SPIE 3601, Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (14 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350020; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.350020
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