Here are the 10 Key points you need to be able to compare Veterinary Therapy Lasers (also called Cold Lasers) and get the most out of your investment.
Understanding the differences between therapy lasers is not straightforward. Getting confused is easy because lasers come in a wide range of price.
There are 2 types of power given by manufacturers:
– Average power
This is the “real” power that the laser is capable of at any time and for any duration. Practically, as a professional you will need a powerful laser so you can apply the right amount of energy needed at the right depth in a reasonable amount of time because you simply can’t hold a laser on a patient for 30 minutes in order to deliver the right dose.
– Peak power:
This is the power that the laser is able to generate during an extremely short time.
2- Number of wavelenghts available
Therapy lasers use different wavelengths ranging from 660nm to 1000nm in order to specifically target beneficial chromophores to stimulate photochemical reactions. Wavelengths also determine laser energy’s depth of penetration in tissue.
Different wavelengths target different chromophores:
- 660nm: Melanin
- 800nm: Cytochrome c Oxidase
- 905nm: Hemoglobin
- 970nm: Water
3- Pulsing frequencies
In laser therapy sessions, specific pulsing frequencies are used to target different tissues in a given area. A good therapy laser should offer treatment protocols with different phases at different frequencies:
- Bone/cartilage: Continuous Wave (CW) and very low frequencies
- Connective tissues (tendon/ligament): Low frequencies
- Muscles: Medium frequencies
- Open wound: High frequencies
- Nerves: Very high frequencies (up to 20,000Hz)
4- User interface and vet protocols
In order to enhance the user experience and to give your staff the opportunity to consistently deliver optimal treatment, a clear and easy but complete interface is necessary. This interface should offer specific vet protocols according to the animal’s coat, weight and treated area.
5- Ability to update
The ability to update software is an important subject because laser therapy evolves a lot. When more efficient protocols are created you definitely want to be able to use them for your patients. A serious laser company should be able to provide you with the latest protocols in their new software for you to download and install on your laser.
6- Warranty on therapy laser
Check out what is really covered and how long the warranty lasts.
7- Warranty on diodes
Diodes are the most expensive parts of a laser. For professional use, they will be working a lot because you will be able to use your laser on more than 70% of clients walking in your practice. On the day they fail (usually after the warranty has ended) repair costs could be so high that it will make no sense to repair your laser. Therefore a Lifetime warranty on Diodes would be useful, virtually turning your laser into a lifetime investment with a high resale value when you want to upgrade.
8- Installation and training in your practice
A laser is an important investment for a Vet practice. It is an expensive device but it is certainly the most profitable one if implemented correctly in your practice. For this reason, it is important to choose a laser which comes together with an on-site staff and marketing training option. Then your team will know how to use the laser to its full potential, how to prescribe it and how to offer it to your clients so your patients can make the most of its amazing capabilities.
9- Support: Education and reference tools
A new tool in your practice means new exciting skills to acquire but time is precious. So you need a proper training program and reference tools for your staff and doctors to save time. You also need a forum to get answers from laser specialists.