Laser reflections from surgical instruments

R. L. Wood, D. H. Sliney, R. A. Basye

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The potential hazards to the eye and skin from accidental exposures caused by reflected laser beams from surgical instruments has long been of concern to operating room staff members. Reflectance values for argon neodymium:YAG and CO2 laser wavelengths were measured from 29 reference surfaces used on surgical instruments. From these measurements, nominal hazard zones could be determined for typical reflection hazards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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