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Progress in the development of laser endarterectomy
Author(s): John Eugene; Michael W. Berns
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Paper Abstract

Argon ion laser endarterectomy has progressed from the laboratory to a clinical trial for peripheral vascular disease and now to a clinical trial for carotid artery disease. In the first 18 months of clinical trials, 14 peripheral laser enarterectomies and 4 carotid laser endarterectomies were performed. Low power argon ion laser radiation (1.0 W) was used for all operations. The peripheral vascular reconstructions resulted in symptomatic relief and all carotid patients are neurologically intact. There were no arterial injuries from laser radiation and all arteries showed smooth endarterectomy surfaces with welded end points. The initial clinical studies show that laser endarterectomy can be used for carotid artery disease as well as peripheral arterial disease with low power argon ion laser radiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1201, Optical Fibers in Medicine V, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17537
Show Author Affiliations
John Eugene, Beckman Laser Institute/Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Michael W. Berns, Beckman Laser Institute/Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1201:
Optical Fibers in Medicine V
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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