The safe removal of water spray dispersed laser plume is not covered by ANSI Z136.3 Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care (2018 Edition)
June 3, 2020
This page summarizes the many technologies integrated into LightScalpel products and services that contribute to the highest quality CO2 laser surgery.
LightScalpel technology has its roots in Luxar Technology, introduced in 1991 to doctors and dentists as the first-ever soft-tissue surgical CO2 laser, designed specifically for a small office environment. LightScalpel further advances the flexible fiber, all-metal tube, and surgical CO2 laser through a variety of breakthrough improvements in handpieces, laser pulsing, system integration and system serviceability technologies summarized below.
The CO2 laser wavelength of 10.6 micrometers is universally regarded as best suited for soft-tissue laser surgery, due to its excellent absorption by soft-tissue for both cutting/ablation and coagulation/hemostasis on the margins of the cut/ablation.
In contrast, the diode laser wavelength of 800–1,100 nm is extremely poorly absorbed by soft tissue (1,000 times worse than the CO2 laser wavelength), and therefore it should NEVER be used surgically to avoid a massive spread of thermal necrosis. Diodes are used exclusively as THERMAL devices. Their hot glass tip is used similarly to electrocautery devices.
The Er:YAG laser wavelength’s absorption depth in soft tissue is 10 times shorter, which is great for cutting, but is detrimental for coagulation and hemostasis.
LightScalpel flexible, lightweight and durable fiber waveguides are superior to bulky articulated arms.
LightScalpel fibers and pen-like handpieces assure a scalpel-like, natural feel that is highly valued by surgeons across all specialties. The LightScalpel laser allows for easy distal end (laser beam) calibration of flexible fibers – such distal end calibration is simply impossible for articulated arm lasers.
LightScalpel CO2 all-metal laser tubes are superior to the antiquated glass tube technology (fragile glass, high voltages, liquid cooling).
Our all-metal laser tubes retain their performance for up to 45,000 hrs (7+yrs), making LightScalpel CO2 laser surgery more profitable for the clinician. All-metal laser tubes are inexpensively re-chargeable, capable of handling up to 40 g shocks and vibrations, and are easily pulsed and cooled under the heaviest operating conditions. Our all-metal tube technology is similar to the durable, long-lasting, and rugged CO2 laser tubes used in military and industrial applications.
LightScalpel’s use of the all-metal laser tube, low voltage (32 volts) power supplies, and durable fiber beam delivery system is a winning combination best suited for a busy surgical suite: compact, durable, lightweight and long-lasting.
In contrast competitor’s articulated arm lasers with glass-tube technology are heavy, bulky, and have high maintenance costs.
Not surprisingly, LightScalpel soft-tissue CO2 laser surgery technology is a hands-down winner compared to diodes (non-laser tools), Er:YAGs (poor hemostasis) and articulated arm CO2 lasers (the archaic, expensive, and non-practical alternative).