1 April 2002 Ultrafast laser pulses for medical applications
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Proceedings Volume 4633, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers; (2002) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.461386
Event: High-Power Lasers and Applications, 2002, San Jose, California, United States
Abstract
Ultrafast lasers have become a promising tool for micromachining and extremely precise ablation of all kinds of materials. Due to the low energy threshold, thermal and mechanical side effects are limited to the bu micrometers range. The neglection of side effects enables the use of ultrashort laser pulses in a broad field of medical applications. Moreover, the interaction process based on nonlinear absorption offers the opportunity to process transparent tissue three dimensionally inside the bulk. We demonstrate the feasibility of surgical procedures in different fields of medical interest: in ophthalmology intrastromal cutting and preparing of cornael flaps for refractive surgery in living animals is presented. Besides, the very low mechanical side effects enables the use of fs- laser in otoralyngology to treat ocecular bones. Moreover, the precise cutting quality can be used in fields of cardiovascular surgery for the treatment of arteriosklerosis as well as in dentistry to remove caries from dental hard tissue.
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Holger Lubatschowski, Holger Lubatschowski, Alexander Heisterkamp, Alexander Heisterkamp, Fabian Will, Fabian Will, Jesper Serbin, Jesper Serbin, Thorsten Bauer, Thorsten Bauer, Carsten Fallnich, Carsten Fallnich, Herbert Welling, Herbert Welling, Wiebke Mueller, Wiebke Mueller, Burkard Schwab, Burkard Schwab, Ajoy I. Singh, Ajoy I. Singh, Wolfgang Ertmer, Wolfgang Ertmer, } "Ultrafast laser pulses for medical applications", Proc. SPIE 4633, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast and Free-Electron Lasers, (1 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461386; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.461386
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