RESEARCH INTO SURGICAL USES OF A 2.9 MICROMETER LASER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
4954
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Schwartz Electro-optics Inc.
3804 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL, 32804
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr Peter F Moulton
 Principal Investigator
 (305) 298-1802
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF LASERS FOR SURGICAL APPLICATIONS HAS RESULTED IN NEW RESEARCH INTO THE INTER- ACTION BETWEEN LASER RADIATION AND TISSUE. FROM THIS RESEARCH HAS COME AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SURGICAL LASERS THAT MAXIMIZE THE ABLATION OF TISSUE AND MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO SURROUNDING AREAS. A PULSED LASER OPERATING AT A WAVELENGTH OF 2.9 MICROMETERS HAS THESE CHARACTERISTICS AND CAN BE READILY TRANSMITTED THROUGH THIN,FLEXIBLE FLUORIDE-GLASS FIBERS. THIS IS A GREAT ADVANTAGE FOR CONVENIENCE AND ALSO FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTIRELY NEWSURGICAL PROCEDURES. THE EFFORTS IN THIS PROPOSAL WOULD RESULT IN THE INITIAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF A PULSED, 2.9 MICROMETER-WAVELENGTH, SOLID-STATE LASER BASED ON ERBIUM-ION-DOPED CRYSTALS. A SERIES OF TISSUE- INTERACTION EXPERIMENTS WILL BE PERFORMED WITH THE LASER, AND AN OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF THE POTENTIAL OF THE LASER SYSTEM FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT. BASED ON CURRENT UNDERSTANDING, IT APPEARS THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF A RELIABLE, PULSED 2.9- MICROMETER LASER WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON LASER- SURGERY TECHNIQUES AND CAPABILITIES.

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