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, 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 produce the best results for the conditions you treat?
Some practice applications treat primarily small anatomical structures, such as in dentistry, podiatry, dermatology, and pediatrics. These treatments typically require less depth of penetration. Therefore you will need less average and peak powers from both superpulsed peak powers and 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 tissue types and conditions treated?
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. The type of tissues, whether skin, muscle, bone, nerve or cartilage, respond 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. However, wavelengths tend to be differentially absorbed by these three tissue types:
- vascular tissue
- avascular or less vascular tissue
- nerve tissue and bursa
This article has more tips to ensure you make the right decision when shopping for a therapeutic laser.