A novel waveguide design that produces an elongated laser beam output for soft tissue ablation

Jaafar, Nurul Syahirah Aziz and Sepeai, Suhaila and Lim, Kok Sing and Zaini, Muhammad Khairol Annuar and Ahmad, Harith and Tan, Guan Hee (2018) A novel waveguide design that produces an elongated laser beam output for soft tissue ablation. Optik, 164. pp. 561-566. ISSN 0030-4026, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2018.03.080.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2018.03.080


In this work, we have fabricated and experimentally demonstrated a purpose-built 365 μm optical fibre device that produces an elongated laser beam output for efficient tissue ablation. The proposed fibre device has several advantages and potential for application in surgery. The off-axis firing beam from the fibre lowers the risk of past-pointing injury as compared to forward-firing laser fibres. A pulsed Holmium:YAG (Ho:YAG) laser at a wavelength of 2.1 μm at a repetition rate of 6 Hz was used in this experiment. The fibre was angle-polished at ∼25° to create a deviated beam that resulted in a longer ablation length ∼1 cm; it was five times longer than the forward-firing laser output and had sufficient energy intensity to perform an ablation rate of 7.7 μm per pulse. Fresh squid (Cephalopod Theutida) was used as the biological tissue to determine the ablation length and crater. The threshold radiant exposure, Φth for tissue ablation was estimated to be 1.84 J/cm2 and the effective divergence angle was ∼24° by using the highest pulsed energy of 1.8 J.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laser tissue ablation; Medical physics; Fibre optics
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
R Medicine
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Photonics Research Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 06:14
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 06:14
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21772

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