Which Lumix is Right for Your Practice?
A few considerations for choosing the right model
Smaller desktop model or larger wheeled model?
All Lumix models offer the superpulsed wavelength combined with one, two or three continuous wavelengths. Issues of space, mobility to move among multiple treatment areas, or practice style may predispose you to the smaller desktop model or the larger wheeled model. Multiple peak power and wavelength configurations are available in both designs.
If you prefer a small footprint with adequate power for diverse treatment applications, the desktop or countertop model will suit your needs. The 45W or 110W superpulsed peak power desktop models also offer interchangeable treatment lens options, with different treatment spot sizes.
If you want the ease of moving the larger unit among different rooms for laser therapy, or prefer unattended treatment options, the 100W or 250W superpulsed peak power wheeled models offer that flexibility. The articulated arm of the wheeled model allows unattended treatment options and treatment combination with other modalities. The larger lens aperture and treatment spot size of these models shorten the time required for treating larger areas.
Some doctors simply appreciate the “top of the line” function and appearance of the bigger wheeled model.
Furthermore, consider what peak and average powers will produce the best results for the conditions you treat.
Some practices primarily treat small anatomical structures, such as in dentistry, podiatry, dermatology, and pediatrics. As a result, these treatments will typically require less depth of penetration. As a result, you will require less average and peak powers from both superpulsed and continuous wave wavelengths.
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 reduce treatment times by using models that safely permit both higher superpulsed peak power and higher continuous wave wattages.
Which wavelengths are recommended for the tissue types and conditions you treat?
Probably the most important consideration when looking to purchase a therapeutic laser is the depth of penetration desired for the practice’s applications, and the treatment time offered.
- Depth of penetration is primarily determined by wavelength, peak power and pulse duration.
- Treatment time is determined by average power, peak power and treatment spot size.
Lumix lasers offer choices of wavelengths, peak powers, and treatment spot sizes. All Lumix models offer practitioners the flexibility to treat a variety of tissue types, with combinations of superpulsed and continuous wave wavelengths.
Whether skin, muscle, bone, nerve or cartilage, tissues respond differently to different wavelengths. A laser wavelength in the 600-1100 nm therapeutic range benefits most tissues. However, wavelengths tend to be differentially absorbed by these three tissue types:
- vascular tissue
- avascular or less vascular tissue
- nerve tissue and bursa
Although the superpulsed wavelength is effective with all these tissue types, other wavelengths “specialize” in selected tissues. Lumix models offer combinations of wavelengths to fit your primary treatment targets.
Lumix lasers’ unique range of wavelengths and exponentially superpulsed emissions excel in cellular regeneration. The result is fast pain relief and enhanced tissue repair including skin, nerve, muscle, cartilage and bone.
Physical medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, dermatology, podiatry, physical therapy, sports medicine, orthopedics and pediatrics are all candidates for the powerful results found with Lumix laser therapy.
Read more for tips about the parameters involved in choosing a therapeutic laser for your practice.