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27 March 1996 Effects of Er:YAG laser irradiation on human cartilage
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Proceedings Volume 2781, Lasers in Medicine; (1996)
Event: Lasers in Medicine, 1995, Warsaw-Zegrze, Poland
Irradiation of the hyaline or fibrous cartilage excised from the body of a human cadaver with Er:YAG laser beam, single pulse with a dose of 1 J, produces a crater with a depth of approximately 500 micrometers and a diameter varying from 5 to 300 micrometers. Histological examination has revealed that the laser-made craters were surrounded by a thin rim (2-10 micrometer) of charred and coagulated tissue. No damage was observed in the cartilage surrounding the rim. The presence of sharp demarcation between the tissue areas ablated by laser energy and the undamaged areas argues for the potential usefulness of the Er:YAG laser in surgery of cartilages.
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Wojciech Glinkowski, Malgorzata Brzozowska, Bogdan Ciszek, Jan Rowinski, and Wieslaw Strek "Effects of Er:YAG laser irradiation on human cartilage", Proc. SPIE 2781, Lasers in Medicine, (27 March 1996);

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