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carbon dioxide laser

Abbreviation: CO2 laser
A gas-produced colorless laser with a wavelength of 10,600 nm (infrared), used in dermatological surgeries to remove scars, wrinkles, and solar skin damage. Carbon dioxide lasers can also be used as a scalpel in stereotactic neurosurgeries and gynecological surgeries.

Patient care

Laser precautions must be observed. The staff support the patient by answering questions and explaining the need for eye covering during the procedure. The procedure is documented in a laser log.

See also: laser
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Ultrapulse carbon dioxide laser ablation of xanthelasma palpebrarum: A case series.
* Carbon Dioxide Lasers are being explored by the militaries because they're powerful infrared lasers that can be used for cutting metal.
Calegari, "Treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in situ with a high-energy pulsed carbon dioxide laser," Archives of Dermatology, vol.
Flint, "In vitro comparison of debonding force and intrapulpal temperature changes during ceramic orthodontic bracket removal using a carbon dioxide laser," American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, vol.
Carbon dioxide laser has increasingly been utilized in the management of this condition.
Patients and Methods: In this study 50 patients undergoing treatment of vocal cord nodule were included, 25 patients were treated by surgical removal with cold instruments and 25 patients were treated with carbon dioxide laser ablation.
The Coherent MetaBeam 400 (Coherent, Santa Clara, Calif.) used by Otherlab mates a 400-W, sealed carbon dioxide laser with a motion system and control electronics.
Cotton wool fibers were plastically deformed with a rotating ram at 100[degrees]C using a carbon dioxide laser emitting a 10.6-micron beam at 3-W/[cm.sup.2] intensity.
(Those of you who now feel foolish about owning that 10-megawatt carbon dioxide laser: ship it to me in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho.
The carbon dioxide laser provides the best intra-operative control of bleeding, which enables precise surgery to be performed, as it is easier to identify anatomical structures when there is no bleeding in the surgical field [Kopp and St Hilaire, 2004; Kato and Wijeyeweera, 2007].

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