Photonic surgery with noncoherent light Academic Article uri icon


  • Extensive photothermal surgical effects have been generated with artificial noncoherent light. Our ex vivo experiments produced the same type and extent of tissue damage ordinarily achieved with laser fiber-optic surgery, at comparable surgical efficacy, the motivation being the possibility of supplanting surgical lasers with a potentially far less expensive device. Maximum-flux optics reconstitute the immense power density at the core of an ultrabright discharge lamp inside an optical fiber the distal tip of which couples light into the organ.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006