Fiber Lasers as a tool for the treatment of kidney stones

Fiber Lasers as the treatment of kidney stone diseaseThe treatment of kidney stones is regarded as a painful process, however, specialists from the U.S. have developed a laser technology to make the therapy easier for patients in a way never done before. According to specialists, a two-month test makes the medical center the first in North America to apply pulsed fiber lasers to take away kidney stones.

The development of this laser technology takes a couple of years on project. That is why the specialists try to make Ohio State the first to employ it, as it already had some experience. To be more precise, specialists started developing the opportunity of applying this type of fiber laser system for urology in early 2015. By mid-2017, certain benefits of the new laser technology were over to the conventional state of the art.

The fiber laser leads to kidney stones’ breakage into tiny pieces. Herewith, such a laser system is considered to be more consistent compared with traditional laser technology. The operating principle is based on laser beam energy that breaks up the stones: “Once we get to the stone, the laser beam energy is delivered through an optical fiber that’s brought into contact with the stone. Once you’re touching the stone, activate the fiber laser system. And it delivers pulses of energy to the stone that breaks it up.”

The main benefit of such fiber laser treatment is a short time of breakage resulting in less required time under anesthetic and a faster recovery for patients. The thing is that the previous laser systems applied for kidney stone procedures are dated. They have been used for about 20 years and had numerous limitations. While modern pulsed fiber lasers are one of the biggest breakthroughs in urology. The developed fiber laser meets the scientist’s expectations. It allows breaking up really big stones that were difficult to treat with the older laser system.

Additionally, there is no often a need for stents because the new fiber laser system enables to efficiently break the stones into tiny parts and dust. It should be noted that a stent is a temporary tube between the kidney and the bladder that helps the kidney drain. Herewith, it provides discomfort to patients and requires an additional procedure of its removal.

Also, the pulsed fiber laser offers other advantages for medical staff, for instance, it is smaller and more portable than the previous model that required a special outlet in operating rooms. The main goal of fiber laser development is to help physicians get better clinical outcomes for patients. Thus, the laser system is planned to be used in areas of the hospital where traditionally haven’t been used before.

Optromix is a fast-growing fiber laser manufacturer and a vendor of optical fiber sensors and optical monitoring systems. The company offers fast turnkey solutions and creates sophisticated fiber laser systems for special purposes. Optromix uses only its technologies and develops a broad variety of fiber lasers. If you have any questions or would like to buy a laser system, please contact us at info@optromix.com

Annual laser system market review and forecast for 2021

Laser System market review and forecastAlthough at uneven rates, different fiber laser markets continue to enlarge fighting a slowdown in manufacturing and an uncertain political climate. It is a fact that the 2020 year was challenging for numerous segments of laser system markets. Fiber laser manufacturers faced challenging economic and political influences and also experienced the impact of trade barriers, lockdown, etc.

It should be noted that some fields of laser applications or types of laser systems were affected, while other fiber laser systems succeeded and look even better for the future. The thing is that every segment of the laser market differs from each other, consequently, it has its way. The experts claim that the overall annual estimated revenue growth has grown by 8.8% in 2020. The good news is that according to the forecasts for the laser system market in 2021 we can expect a revenue growth rate of 15.5%.

The main segments of laser markets are the following:

  • Materials Processing and Lithography when laser technology is applied for various types of metal processing. For instance, welding, cutting, annealing, drilling. Additionally, such fiber lasers are useful for semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing, marking of all materials, and other materials processing.
  • Communications and optical storage that consist of laser system diodes employed in such spheres as telecommunications, data communications, and optical storage applications, including pumps for optical fiber amplifiers.
  • Scientific research and military – fiber laser systems for fundamental R&D. To be more precise, what is meant here is “universities and national laboratories, and new and existing military applications, such as rangefinders, illuminators, infrared countermeasures, and directed-energy weapons research.”
  • Medical and aesthetic areas where fiber lasers find their applications in ophthalmology, surgical, dental, therapeutic, skin, hair, and other cosmetic uses.
  • Instrumentation and fiber optic sensors where laser systems operate inside biomedical tools, analytical devices (for example, spectrometers), wafer and mask inspection instruments, metrology devices, levelers, optical mice, gesture recognition, fiber lasers for LIDAR barcode readers, and other fiber sensors.
  • Entertainment, displays, and printing. The segment uses laser systems for performing light shows, games, digital cinema, front and rear projectors, pico projectors, and laser pointers. Herewith, laser technology for commercial pre-press systems and photofinishing remain popular alongside standard laser printers for consumer and commercial applications.

Optromix is a fast-growing fiber laser manufacturer and a vendor of optical fiber sensors and optical monitoring systems. The company offers fast turnkey solutions and creates sophisticated fiber laser systems for special purposes. Optromix uses only its technologies and develops a broad variety of fiber lasers. If you have any questions or would like to buy a laser system, please contact us at info@optromix.com