Efficiency of disc ablation with lasers of various wavelengths

D S Choy, P Altman, S L Trokel
Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine & Surgery 1995, 13 (3): 153-6
In testing the CO2 lasers in CW and pulse mode, the erbium:YAG, the Nd:YAG 1318 microns and 1064 microns, the argon, the holmium:YAG, and the excimer, we found the greatest efficiency in the CO2 CW and pulse mode, and the lowest efficiency in the argon. Data with the holmium:YAG were unreliable because of the early generation laser tested. The Nd:YAG was second only to the CO2 laser, and because the latter has no waveguide, we deemed the Nd:YAG the laser of choice for PLDD.

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