Investigating the range of surgical effects on soft tissue produced by a carbon dioxide laser.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.14219/jada.archive.1997.0257
The authors investigated the surgical and collateral effects on soft tissue of a carbon dioxide laser emitting at 9.3 micrometers. Specifically, incision widths and depths as well as effectiveness were studied. Three different laser modes were investigated: gated continuous wave, or Cw, Superpulse and OptiPulse (Medical Optics). Incision depths correlated positively with average power; higher powers produced deeper incisions. The gated Cw mode quickly produced wide, deep incisions; Superpulse achieved narrower, deep incisions; OptiPulse caused very narrow, shallow incisions. Collateral damage to adjacent tissues was reduced by a factor of about 2 using Superpulse, and by a factor of 10 using OptiPulse. A wide range of effects is achieved in soft tissue, depending on the laser parameter combination used.