LASER SCALPEL

                    Copyright  c  1991 by Gregory P. Lee

MAIN STATISTICS

  TL  Type                     Volume(L)  Weight(Kg)  Price(Cr)
O 11  Laser Scalpel            2          2           2000
O 13  Laser Scalpel            1          1           1000
O 15  Laser Scalpel            .50        .50         1000
O 17  Laser Scalpel            .20        .20         3000


SECONDARY STATISTICS

  TL  Hours      Noise    Power Use Comments
O 11  5          LoHum    .02 Kw    3 optical datadisks for memory
O 13  5          None     .02 Kw    3 holocrystals for memory
O 15  5          None     .02 Kw    3 holocrystal for memory
O 17  5          None     .02 Kw    5 holocrystals memory


USAGE RECORD

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TASKS

To properly utilize a laser scalpel to incise through skin:
Routine, Medical, Intelligence (20 seconds)
Referee:   The time increment represents a regularly cautious attempt.
     The time may be reduced in haste,  but the incision will  be less
     skilled.

To utilize a laser scalpel to incise through internal tissues:
Difficult, Medical, Intelligence (20 seconds)
Referee:   The time increment represents a regularly cautious attempt.
     The time may be reduced in haste,  but the incision will  be less
     skilled.   The increased difficulty represents both the fact that
     the surgeon is working through  blood and other tissues,  and the
     fact  that  the  surgeon  must  set  the  scalpel   to  the  most
     appropriate frequency to  incise through  the particular internal
     tissue.

To utilize a laser scalpel to fuse (i.e., weld or suture) skin:
Routine, Medical, Intelligence (20 seconds)
Referee:   The time increment represents a regularly cautious attempt.
     The time may be reduced in  haste,  but the fusion   will be less
     skilled.

To utilize a laser scalpel  to fuse  (i.e.  weld  or  suture) internal
tissues:
Difficult, Medical, Intelligence (20 seconds)
Referee:   The time increment represents a regularly cautious attempt.
     The time may be reduced in haste,  but the incision  will be less
     skilled.   The increased difficulty represents both the fact that
     the surgeon is working through blood and other  tissues,  and the
     fact  that  the  surgeon  must  set  the  scalpel   to  the  most
     appropriate frequency to fuse the particular internal tissue.

To repair a broken laser scalpel:
[Varies], Electronic, Intelligence, [Varies].
Referee:   Difficulty depends on  the damage  level of  the item.  The
time for shop repairs:
     Superficial:  2 min
     Minor:  8 min
     Major:  2 hours
     Destroyed:  4 hours
For field repair, apply the standard difficulty increases.


TEXT

Very low tech  level laser  scalpels  (not  represented  in  the above
equipment summaries)  are large,  bulky devices which are designed for
specific tissues and tasks,  such  as  eye  surgery.   At  higher tech
levels,  experience  and  experimentation  allows  the  development of
multi-purpose laser scalpels.

The multi-purpose scalpel  consists of  two items:   a  portable power
pack/control  unit,  and a pencil-sized laser generator attached  by a
thin power cord.   The pencil and  power cord are  designed to survive
10,000  chemical sterilization treatments,  but are far less resilient
to heat sterilization.   The pencil can  generate multiple frequencies
of laser light,  and so can be used on almost type of tissue,  and can
be used to both incise and to fuse tissues.

The control unit is  the equivalent  of a hand computer.   The surgeon
can select the tissue  type  using the keyboard;  gradations of tissue
are available.   The  memory  included  in  the unit  contains a large
number of pre-sets, with about 1/3 reserved for the individual surgeon
to add his/her own settings.

(c) Gregory Lee