Continuous-Wave Laser Stimulation of the Rat Prostate Cavernous Nerves Using a Compact and Inexpensive All Single Mode Optical Fiber System

TOZBURUN S., Lagoda G. A., Burnett A. L., Fried N. M.

JOURNAL OF ENDOUROLOGY, vol.25, no.11, pp.1727-1731, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/end.2011.0172
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1727-1731
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Background and Purpose: Laser stimulation of the rat cavernous nerve (CN) recently has been demonstrated as an alternative to electrical stimulation for potential application in nerve mapping during nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. Advantages include noncontact stimulation and improved spatial selectivity. Previous studies, however, have used large and/or expensive laser sources for stimulation. This study demonstrates the feasibility of optical stimulation of the rat CN, in vivo, using a compact, inexpensive all-single-mode fiberoptic system.