Cw holmium for medical applications: a preliminary study

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The CW holmium laser is installed at the Laser Research Laboratory at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Preliminary studies have been conducted to evaluate its biologic properties. A lapine model is employed, and electron microscopy is used to correlate the subjective findings of the operator. Incisions are made in the anterior abdominal wall with the holmium laser. The effects of the laser on cutaneous tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscle, and vascular tissue are observed. A minimal amount of carbonization is noted during the operative procedure. The laser cuts in a fashion similar to that of the carbon dioxide laser, with conspicuously less char on the sides of the incision. The laser has greater hemostatic properties than had been predicted.

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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering



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This article was published in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Volume 1650, Pages 59-60.

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