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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Medical laser application: translation into the clinics
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Paper Abstract

Medical laser applications based on widespread research and development is a very dynamic and increasingly popular field from an ecological as well as an economic point of view. Conferences and personal communication are necessary to identify specific requests and potential unmet needs in this multi- and interdisciplinary discipline. Precise gathering of all information on innovative, new, or renewed techniques is necessary to design medical devices for introduction into clinical applications and finally to become established for routine treatment or diagnosis. Five examples of successfully addressed clinical requests are described to show the long-term endurance in developing light-based innovative clinical concepts and devices. Starting from laboratory medicine, a noninvasive approach to detect signals related to iron deficiency is shown. Based upon photosensitization, fluorescence-guided resection had been discovered, opening the door for photodynamic approaches for the treatment of brain cancer. Thermal laser application in the nasal cavity obtained clinical acceptance by the introduction of new laser wavelengths in clinical consciousness. Varicose veins can be treated by innovative endoluminal treatment methods, thus reducing side effects and saving time. Techniques and developments are presented with potential for diagnosis and treatment to improve the clinical situation for the benefit of the patient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2015
PDF: 18 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 20(6) 061110 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.20.6.061110
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 20, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald Sroka, Laser-Forschungslabor (Germany)
Herbert Stepp, Laser-Forschungslabor (Germany)
Georg Hennig, Laser-Forschungslabor (Germany)
Gary M. Brittenham, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Adrian Rühm, Laser-Forschungslabor (Germany)
Lothar Lilge, Princess Margaret Cancer Ctr. (Canada)

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