The Response of Living Tissue to Pulses of a Surgical CO2 Laser

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E. Armon, G. Laufer

Technion, Haifa, Israel

J Biomech Eng 107(3), 286-290 (Aug 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138555 History: Received October 16, 1984; Revised April 19, 1985; Online June 15, 2009


The response of living tissue to surgical lasers was studied numerically. An algorithm computed the crater boundaries formed by a single laser pulse and the thermochemical damage around this crater. Heat conduction and beam attenuation by tissue vapors were found to be the major factor in the reduction of cutting efficiency.

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