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Harmonic Scalpel

Q. Harmonic  scalpel frequency of vibration is 
A. 20000-50000
B. 50000-80000
C. 80000-100000
D. >100000

Answer

A a

20K to 50 k Hz

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Harmonic scalpel cuts through tissues and causes coagulation by protein denaturation caused by vibrating force. As compared to cautrey harmonic scalpel

  1. takes longer time 
  2. produces less smoke
  3. Cause less tissue edema, swelling

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