Lasers and Waveguides System for Smart Laserosteotome

The main challenges that will be addressed in this project are to find optimal conditions to cut bone with lasers and the integration of the laser into a small endoscope/fiberscope. This lasers system will help the surgeon to cut the bone and/or tissue precisely and efficiently. In this way, it will minimize damage to surrounding tissue that is being cut and provide faster healing process for the patient. To develop this laser, we will investigate what is the best way possible to cut with high precision and high cutting efficiency. We will investigate how the laser interact with bone and/or tissue and how to guide the high-power laser to the region of interest. We will design and build the lasers and waveguides system and integrate it into a small endoscope/fiberscope. (Lina Marcela Beltran Bernal) 

Ferda Canbaz

Dr. Ferda Canbaz

Cigdem Cetin

Cigdem Cetin

Prof. Azhar Zam

Prof. Azhar Zam

Lina M. Beltrán Bernal, Ferda Canbaz, Antoine Droneau, Niklaus F. Friederich, Philippe C. Cattin, and Azhar Zam, "Optimizing deep bone ablation by means of a microsecond Er:YAG laser and a novel water microjet irrigation system," Biomed. Opt. Express 11, 7253-7272 (2020) doi:

Lina Marcela Beltrán Bernal, Ferda Canbaz, Niklaus F. Friederich, Philippe C. Cattin, and Azhar Zam "Measurements of coupling efficiency of high power Er:YAG laser in different types of optical fibers", Proc. SPIE 11233, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XX, 112331H (20 February 2020);

Beltrán Bernal, L. M., Abbasi, H. and Zam, A. (2020) ‘Laser in Bone Surgery’, in Stübinger, S., Klämpfl, F., Schmidt, M., and Zeilhofer, H.-F. (eds) Lasers in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Springer, pp. 99-109. doi:

L. Beltrán,, I. T. Schmidt, N. Vulin, J. Widmer, J. G. Snedeker , P. C. Cattin, A. Zam, and G. Rauter . “Optimizing controlled laser cutting of hard tissue (bone).Optimierung von Kontrollierter Laserosteotomie“, at-Automatisierungstechnik, 2018, 66. Jg., Nr. 12, S. 1072-1082. doi:

L. Beltrán, G. Shayeganrad, G. Kosa, Marek Zelechowski, G. Rauter, N. Friederich, P. C. Cattin, and A. Zam, "Performance of Er:YAG laser ablation of hard bone under different irrigation water cooling conditions", Proc. SPIE 10492, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXIX, 104920B (2018); doi:

H. Abbasi, L. Beltrán, G. Rauter, R. Guzman, P. C. Cattin, A. Zam, “Effect of cooling water on ablation in Er:YAG laserosteotome of hard bone”, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 10453, in AOP (2017). doi:

L. Beltrán, H. Abbasi, G. Rauter, N. Friederich , P. C. Cattin, A. Zam, "Effect of laser pulse duration on ablation efficiency of hard bone in microseconds regime", Proc. SPIE 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 104531S (2017) doi: