Which Lumix is Right for Your Practice?
A few considerations for choosing the right model
Smaller desktop model or larger wheeled model?
Issues of space or of mobility for multiple treatment areas 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 45 W superpulsed peak power desktop model also offers interchangeable treatment lens options.
If you have a busy practice using laser therapy in multiple rooms or prefer unattended treatment options, the 100W or 250W superpulsed peak power wheeled models offer that flexibility. Along with ease of movement between treatment areas, the larger models, with a larger lens aperture, shorten the time required for treating larger areas. The 100W and 250W Lumix floor model lasers give you the versatility and power your practice requires.
Some doctors simply like the “top of the line” appearance of the bigger 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 need less average and peak powers from both the 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 benefit from reducing treatment times by using models, in desktop or floor models, that allow 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 determined primarily 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.