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The Spectra 15 Diode Laser has been designed with the most practical and least invasive technology available for performing both therapeutic and soft tissue surgical procedures. The Spectra 15 Laser will reduce wound healing time and lets you perform procedures in a conservative, less traumatic manner. Each laser’s energy is delivered through a silica filament that gives you control over the depth and width of areas being excised while providing simultaneous hemostasis with minimal thermal damage or inflammation commonly associated with scalpels. For therapeutic procedures, the Spectra 15 increases blood circulation to muscles, joints and other areas of the animal’s body to allow it to heal safely and more quickly with less pain, inflammation and infection.

With unique features such as sterilized fiber tips, wireless foot control, and two therapy handpieces, the Spectra 15 Diode Laser is the most efficient, portable, and affordable diode laser in the Veterinary industry.

Many vets fear the potential of post-operative complications and animal discomfort associated with scalpel incisions or electrosurge. The Spectra 15 Diode Laser cuts and coagulates at the same time, thereby facilitating immediate hemostasis, less tissue charring, less postoperative healing time and fewer post-operative complications including less chance of infection. Pain therapy procedures with the Spectra 15 increase blood flow for faster pain relief and more rapid healing.

The laser performs minor surgical and therapeutic procedures and in addition, reduces bacteria from the area at the same time. Sutures are rarely needed for laser wounds and many soft tissue procedures can be completed without anesthesia for greater comfort.

Spectra 15 Diode Laser

Features

Power Switch

Remote Interlock Connector

Power Supply Connector

Serial Label (on the bottom surface)

Emergency Shutdown

Spectra 15 Laser Digital Display

LED Screen

Fiber Aperture

Handpiece Holder

Label Required by
Safety Standards

Key Switch

Control Panel

Turn the key 1/4 of a turn to
the right to turn on the laser

Control Pad Settings

Display Indicators

Working Beam Power Setting

Pulse Mode

Continuous Mode

Aiming Beam Setting

Ready Indicator

Laser On
Indicator

Program Setting Indicator

Mode: Press this key to select Continuous or Pulse mode.

Aiming Beam: Use these to adjust the aiming beam power.

Program: Press this key to select any of the four user defined programs (1, 2, 3, 4). Each program will save the parameters – working beam, aiming beam and mode of operation.

The settings can be changed as desired for any of the program modes. To set the user defined program modes, choose program number for your preferred settings and push the Ready button. Upon activating the Ready button, the new settings will be retained in the Program number displayed.

Increase and Decrease: Use these to adjust the power setting from 1 to 15 watts. Hold the desired key to rapidly change the value.
Emergency Shutdown System

1. Depress the red button on the top of the system to shutdown (feel the click), the unit is OFF in the down position Emergency Shutdown Switch.

2. Depress the button again to release. The emergency stop will pop up and the LED screen will light.

Laser On: This illuminates when the foot pedal is depressed, this indicates that the working beam (810 nm) energy is being emitted.

Ready Indicator: This illuminates when the READY key is pressed. It will blink for 3 seconds, and then remain steady. Once it stops blinking, the aiming beam will be activated.

Continuous and Pulse Mode: This illuminates when the unit is in continuous mode. Use the MODE key to toggle back and forth between Continuous and Pulse.

Working Beam Setting: Indicates the working beam power output setting.

Adjustable Aiming Beam: The Spectra 15 Laser is actually two lasers in one, the infrared 810 nanometers wavelength laser which performs the actual treatment of the soft tissue and the 630 nanometers “laser pointer” which illuminates the direction where the laser will be used. Each bar represents 20% of maximum intensity. Thus 0 bars means the aiming beam is shut off.

Program Setting Indicator: Shows the current program mode that is selected. Pressing the PROGRAM button will cycle through the programs 1 to 4, then back to 1.

Surgical Handpiece

Disposable Tip

Body

Therapeutic Handpieces

Therapy Attachment Instructions

Introduction

Your Spectra 15 Diode Laser is equipped with two therapy attachments. These attachments aid in the use of the Spectra 15 Diode Laser for bio-stimulation, wound therapy, and lameness therapy. Common treatments include:

Attachments

Two sizes of therapy attachments are provided:

Both therapy attachments are designed to provide optimum energy delivery, laser penetration, and therapeutic benefits when the laser's power is at the indicated setting, used in direct contact with medium pigment tissue. Adjustments for hand speed and depth of penetration need to be made for lighter and darker pigments. With a little experience and visual observation, the clinician will quickly learn to make the necessary and skilled adjustments.

These attachments are easy to connect and simple to use when following these instructions:

When interchanging the handpieces from surgical to therapeutic, and vice-versa, first make sure to remove the fiber tip at the end of the surgical handpiece. You will then simply unscrew the handpiece counterclockwise from the base. Next, pull the handpiece off over the end of the fiber. Then select which handpiece you would like use and slide it on and fasten it to the base. You may then adjust your setting accordingly. Follow these same steps when interchanging any handpiece.

Selection of Attachment

The selection of the attachment is simply a function of the area to be treated. For small areas, small limbs, etc., the smaller cone attachment is sufficient. The larger cone attachment should be used for larger areas.

Practiced Learning Experience

There is no substitute for experience and no amount of reading will teach you how to use the laser as quickly and effectively as using the laser on yourself. All clinicians and technicians should use the laser on themselves to experience the warm and soothing treatment provided by the Spectra 15 Diode Laser. Experiencing the laser with various power settings, distance, hand speed, and massaging techniques will greatly increase the skill level of the user.

Using the Spectra 15 Therapy Attachments

The ability of laser energy to penetrate and benefit deep tissue is based on several variables.

  1. Power setting
  2. Patient tissue pigment
  3. Distance
  4. Angle
  5. Minimal interference (hair/fur)
  6. Hand speed

Most of these variables are under the control of the clinician. Maximum laser penetration and benefit will be achieved if the clinician:

  1. Adjusts the power setting to achieve a "warmth" sensation at the end of the attachment. Adjustments for hand speed and depth of penetration need to be made for lighter and darker pigments.
  2. Maintain handpiece attachment perpendicular to the area being treated.
  3. For ulcer or surface wound treatment, keep the end of the attachment 1-2 cm from tissue.
  4. For deep tissue, muscle, and joint treatment, place the end of the attachment in contact with the patient and use the sturdy end of the attachment to move/displace the hair to achieve minimal obstruction for the laser.
  5. If appropriate, use the sturdy attachment to provide stimulating massage while laser treating the area.
  6. Maintain a slow and steady hand speed.

Power Settings

The power setting should be adjusted higher or lower based on the depth of penetration desired, skin pigment, hair obstruction, and hand speed.

Pulse
Continuous
Min Max Min Max
Small Cone Attachment 2 5 4 7
Large Cone Attachment 4 7 6 8

Hand Speed

Laser energy does not penetrate instantly. Penetration for deep tissue therapy takes time. Hand speed should be adjusted to allow several seconds at any given point. A total therapy treatment will often take from 5 to 10 minutes.

Treatment Frequency

Like any other method of treatment, a single treatment is seldom adequate. Repeated treatments over a period of 1-2 weeks is generally recommended. Treatments may range for multiple treatments per day to every couple of days. Over-treating in a single treatment does not compensate for multiple treatments. This does not work with antibiotics and it does not work with laser therapy.

Continuous Mode vs Pulse Mode

Continuous mode will be used for treatment of wounds and infections.
Pulse mode will be used for deeper tissue penetration and where thermal relaxation is desired.

FAQs

How does the Spectra 15 Diode Laser work?

The Spectra 15 vaporizes and modifies soft tissue without bleeding and usually without injected anesthetics.

How do I use the Spectra 15 Diode Laser?

Use the Spectra 15 Diode Laser to for surgical and therapeutic procedures. For specific uses and protocols please refer to the owner’s manual.

How is it different from other lasers?

When used in contact, diode laser energy only penetrates about 200 microns, making it safe as well as effective. Surface tissues are vaporized in a controlled manner, and the underlying connective tissue is coagulated and the resulting laser wound is self-sealing, requiring no suturing.

Do you have a loaner program?

Yes, we have implemented a free of charge loaner program for Spectra 15 lasers that need to be sent to our equipment service facility. This program is in effect for Spectra 15 lasers that are still under warranty. Contact Patterson Veterinary Customer Service for more information.

What are the most common procedures?

The Spectra 15 Diode Laser is a new tool that will improve your ability to perform existing procedures faster and more efficiently and will also allow you to expand the services currently offered in your office.

As each clinical situation is unique, the appropriate power setting is primarily determined by the type of lesion, the vascularity of the soft tissue, for example, a more fibrotic tissue requires higher power; or the selected mode of operation, continuous or pulse. The speed of cutting desired by the operator will also determine the power intensity selected, it is always best to use the lowest power setting that will effectively modify the tissue while avoiding tissue charring.

Most commonly performed procedures performed with the Spectra 15 Diode Laser:

What is the warranty period for Spectra 15 Diode Lasers?

The Spectra 15 Laser is warranted against defective materials and workmanship for a period of two (2) years and the handpiece and cable assembly for six (6) months from the date of purchase, and will be repaired or replaced, at our discretion, if returned prepaid to our factory. This warranty does not cover damage to the Spectra 15 Laser unit or components caused by accident, misuse, or being tampered with. This warranty does not include labor, postage, or delivery charges. This warranty does not apply to the external finish of the console, power cord, or foot pedal. Patterson Veterinary reserves the right to make changes in the design or to modify such previously manufactured products. Your Spectra 15 Laser warranty does not become effective unless the registration card is sent to Patterson Veterinary in the mail within ten (10) days of the purchase, with all invoice and serial number information completely filled in.

Why 810nm wavelength?

The term laser stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation", which means a device that produces and amplifies light. The wavelength of the light produced will determine what types of tissues can be modified by the light’s energy. Light waves that emanate from within the visible and near-infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum will be readily absorbed into body pigments like melanin in the skin, and heme found within hemoglobin in blood. They will have virtually no affinity for water and thus, it won’t be absorbed at the surface as it enters soft tissues. Wave lengths located within the mid to far infrared range are attracted to water and the Hydroxyapatite crystals that are found within bone and teeth. Thus, these wave lengths are primarily used in hard tissue lasers. With a frequency of 810+/-20 nanometers, the Spectra Diode Laser’s wave length falls into the lower end of the near-infrared spectrum, making it suitable for soft-tissue applications.

What are the advantages of having a soft tissue diode laser?

No other instrument ever available to the veterinarian has had the capability of such precise tissue sculpting. The Spectra 15 Diode Laser is the least traumatic of all competing and conventional instruments. The Spectra 15 Diode Laser is affordable and small enough for every practice, simple to operate and easily learned and incorporated into your practice. The Spectra 15 Diode Laser has two pain therapy handpieces to expand the procedures offered to pets and animals.

How do I pay for it?

When the Spectra 15 Diode Laser is used, it saves operatory time. It makes current procedures more effective and procedures simplified because of the complete hemostasis and lack of suturing required. Adding the laser to your current soft tissue procedures and just 1-3 procedures each month will generate more income than the cost of the laser.

Do I need a Laser Safety Program?

Some states require veterinary practices to implement a laser safety program to assure a safe environment for both workers and patients. It is best to have written procedures in this regard. Patterson Veterinary recommends adoption of a Laser Safety Program and appointment of a Laser Safety Officer.

Clinical Procedures

The Spectra 15 Diode Laser is a new tool that will improve your ability to perform existing procedures faster and more efficiently and will also allow you to expand the services currently offered in your office.

As each clinical situation is unique, the appropriate power setting is primarily determined by the type of lesion, the vascularity of the soft tissue, for example, a more fibrotic tissue requires higher power; or the selected mode of operation, continuous or pulse. The speed of cutting desired by the operator will also determine the power intensity selected, it is always best to use the lowest power setting that will effectively modify the tissue while avoiding tissue charring.

Most commonly performed procedures performed with the Spectra 15 Diode Laser:

Specifications

Delivery System Specifications

Spectra 15 Laser Warning

Documents

Spectra 15 Operators Manual
Spectra 15 Procedure Guide

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