Interstitial laser photocoagulation - Nd-Yag 1064 Nm ...

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Title Interstitial laser photocoagulation - Nd-Yag 1064 Nm optical fiber source compared to point heat-source
Author(s) D. R. Wyman, William M. Whelan, B. C. Wilson
Journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
Date 1992
Volume 12
Issue 6
Start page 659
End page 664
Abstract Interstitial laser photocoagulation (ILP) was performed in vitro in lean bovine and chicken muscle by delivering 1.6 W of continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser energy (1064 nm) from a 400-mum core optical fiber for 300s. The resulting thermal coagulation lesion was consistently larger when the delivered energy was deposited into a small steel sphere than when it was delivered freely into the tissue. Mathematical modelling confirms this result. This preliminary study suggests that a point heat source produces a larger volume of thermal coagulation than a point optical source (1064 nm) delivering the same power.

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