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Bard Medical Division ProFlex Brochure June 21 2017

IQ Receives Perfect Score from Customer (newest and largest customer) May 01 2017

  January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 Q1 2017 Quality Rating 100% 100% 100% 100% Component Quality N/A N/A 100% 100% SCAR 100% 100% 100% 100% Repeated Issues 100% 100% 100% 100%

IQ receives US Patent for Right Angle Output Side Firing Fiber April 11 2017

US Patent number 9,618,700 issued today as a stand alone utility patent covering three embodiments of right angle side fire fibers with 19 claims allowed. The invention is an outgrowth of InnovaQuartz new one-piece side firing fiber caps (Patented) where astigmatic distortion is exploited to permit exceeding the ~75 degree off-axis limit of competing technologies. Ironically, through purposeful distortion the invention produces an essentially distortion-free output as compared with the...

From Abe to MoXy™ and Beyond Part 5: More Fibers of the 1990s February 27 2017

John Brekke’s fiber design from 1994 is one of the few lateral fiber designs of the era that remains on the market today, marketed as Scatterfree™ by Laser Peripherals. As can be seen in figures 10 and 11 (below the next paragraph) taken from the first patent, the concept is simple and it does basically work. In contrast to Pon, however, Brekke failed to properly identify the true sources of...

From Abe to MoXy™ and Beyond -- Part 4: The 1990s Boom February 06 2017

The 1990s saw a boom in laser TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) using mostly Nd:YAG lasers. Nd:YAGs showed promise for lowering the classical side effects of standard TURP, where a hot wire loop is used to melt/carve away strips of hyperplastic tissue; their CW (continuous wave) output produced smoother surfaces than holmium lasers do, they did not strongly interact with the sterile irrigation fluid and were less damaging to...

From Abe to MoXy™ and Beyond; Part 3 -- Moses' Math Works January 16 2017

Part 3 is a bit of a departure from my planned sequence for this series. A colleague has graciously permitted me to share a slow motion video that he produced of a generic side fire fiber delivering a single pulse of holmium energy into a beaker of water. Herein I hope to demonstrate that surgical fiber performance can be modeled/predicted, and quite accurately, and that there isn't anything mysterious or magical involved. Sure,...

Introducing Aurora™ SMA Laser Fibers for Aura™ KTP Lasers January 11 2017

    The latest addition to the ProFlex® laser fiber product family is Aurora™ SMA, laser fibers for the Aura™ KTP lasers equipped with an SMA adapter. Aurora SMA is available in two high performance sizes: 365μm core and 550μm core featuring IQ’s patented Pulsar™ HPC high power collimation technology. 100% of customers who have bought Aurora have reported “greater than 100%” transmission efficiency. Of course, this is not possible,...

From Abe to MoXy™ and Beyond; Part 2 -- Abe's Side Fire Solution(s) January 09 2017

Part 1 of this series was mostly a review of Snell's law and Fresnel reflections as they explain the weird output of bevel polished fibers. Here we see some more Snell and Fresnel issues and the earliest Band-Aid® treatments designed to mitigate these issues. Part 2: Abe's Solution(s) Before we get into what Abe saw as solutions to the issues outlined, we should probably address the problem that I alluded...

Side Fire Fiber Technology – From Abe to MoXy™ and Beyond: Part 1 (Basics) December 30 2016

Part 1: Fiber Optics Fundamentals (a prerequisite to understanding side fire fibers) I’ve been told a half dozen tales that purport to describe the origin of fiber optics and likely as many claiming to describe the first side fire fiber, but there is little or no evidence for any stories I have heard over my 30+ years in the field…except the tale of “the Hitachi patent”. Anyone working in side...

Introducing the ProView™ 30X SMA Inspection Microscope December 15 2016

InnovaQuartz is pleased to offer a low cost but high performance solution for inspecting SMA (and Trimedyne in January 2017) terminated laser surgical fibers. This battery powered (batteries included) microscope is equipped with a thread-free SMA (or Trimedyne) port that positions the fiber input face within the field of view with acute angle illumination from below. Every detail of the connector face is exposed: scratches, dirt and burns are detected...

How to Cleave Surgical Fibers November 22 2016

How to Cleave Laser Surgical Fibers Purpose:        Provide simple instructions for reprocessing flat tip bare fibers for laser surgery. Summary:    Clean cut and flat optical faces are necessary for surgical efficacy in laser surgery. Badly cut fibers deliver energy to target tissue less efficiently and degrade more quickly than properly cut fibers. Step-by-step instructions…. Rationale:      A.A. Griffith developed the first theoretical model for fractures during WWI, inaugurating the Science of...

What are Holmium Laser Fiber Sizes, Really? November 21 2016

Section 502 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) says that a device is misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. Maybe the FDA doesn’t read Urology? I’m referring to a paper that appeared in the journal Urology a couple of years ago*, questioning the veracity of holmium laser fiber manufacturers in describing the diameters of their fiber devices. The conclusion was that nobody told the truth. That...
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