Pulsed Laser Ablation of Soft Tissue

  • Ton G. Van Leeuwen
  • E. Duco Jansen
  • Massoud Motamedi
  • Cornelius Borst
  • A. J. Welch
Part of the Lasers, Photonics, and Electro-Optics book series (LPEO)


The motivation for the material presented in this chapter came initially from the development of a new generation of pulsed lasers for laser angioplasty, in which laser light delivered through a fiberoptic is used to ablate intravascular plaque. In the eighties continuous wave (cw) lasers were used for the ablation task in conjunction with a variety of modified fiber tips. More recently there has been a shift from cw to pulsed lasers for laser angioplasty. In general, pulsed laser ablation seems to be a trade off between thermal and mechanical damage to tissue adjacent to the ablation crater. Currently, pulsed lasers are being used for tissue ablation in many medical applications. Two main groups of pulsed lasers are particularly attractive for photo-ablation of tissue. These operate either in the mid-infrared (IR) or the ultraviolet (UV) region of the spectrum. Even though both types of lasers are employed clinically, the mechanisms of ablation are not fully understood.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ton G. Van Leeuwen
    • 1
  • E. Duco Jansen
    • 2
  • Massoud Motamedi
    • 3
  • Cornelius Borst
    • 4
  • A. J. Welch
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Heart Lung InstituteUtrecht University Hospital and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of The NetherlandsUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Biomedical Laser and Spectroscopy ProgramThe University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalvestonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Cardiology, Heart Lung InstituteUtrecht University HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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