Which Lumix is Right for Your Practice?
A few basic considerations help choose the right model to best suit your practice
Do you prefer a smaller desktop model or a larger wheeled model?
Issues of space or of mobility for multiple treatment areas may predispose you to the smaller desktop model or to the larger wheeled model. Multiple peak power and wavelength configurations are available in both designs.
If you prefer a small footprint, but with adequate power for many treatment applications, the desktop or countertop model will suit your needs. This 45 W peak power model also offers the options of interchangeable treatment lenses.
If you have a busy practice and prefer unattended treatment options, the 100W or 250W wheeled models offer that flexibility, along with ease of movement between treatment areas, and a time advantage in treating larger areas.
Some doctors simply like the “top of the line” appearance of the bigger model.
What peak and average powers will produce the best results for the conditions you treat in your practice?
Some practice applications treat primarily small anatomical structures, such as in dentistry, podiatry, dermatology, and pediatrics. These treatments typically require less depth of penetration, and therefore less average and peak powers, both lower superpulsed peak powers and lower continuous wave wattages.
Patient size and body habitus also drive the power configuration requirements of your laser. If your practice treats a majority of larger and/or muscular patients, you may benefit from reduced treatment times using models with higher superpulsed peak powers, and higher continuous wave wattages.
Which wavelengths are recommended based on the tissue types that are typical in the conditions you treat?
Lumix models are configured with a combination of superpulsed and continuous wave wavelengths to enable the treatment of a variety of different tissue types. This is important to treatment success because the type of tissues, whether they are predominantly skin, muscle, bone, nerve or cartilage, respond somewhat differently to different wavelengths.
Laser wavelengths somewhat "specialize" in specific tissue types. Any laser wavelength in the 600-1100 nm therapeutic range will benefit most tissues, but wavelengths tend to be differentially absorbed by these three tissue types:
- vascular tissue
- avascular or less vascular tissue
- nerve tissue and bursa