Cardiovascular cavitation.

  title={Cardiovascular cavitation.},
  author={E A Brujan},
  journal={Medical engineering & physics},
  volume={31 7},
This article reviews the role of cavitation in the therapeutic applications of ultrasound and laser surgery, and the cavitation effects in mechanical heart valves. Whenever laser pulses are used to ablate or disrupt tissue in a liquid environment, cavitation bubbles are produced which interact with the tissue. The interaction between cavitation bubbles and tissue during pulsed laser surgery may cause collateral damage to sensitive tissue structures in the vicinity of the laser focus, and it may… CONTINUE READING