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Semiconductor lasers in selected medical applications
Author(s): Ludwik Jerzy Pokora
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, a growth of interest in the medical application capabilities of diode laser applications can be observed. Many of their unique qualities have made or may soon cause the diode laser to replace other commonly used lasers or devices in many medical applications. Some diode laser types offer totally new perspectives and treatment possibilities. The requirements made on diode lasers for three chosen medical applications, low-energy level laser therapy, photodynamic therapy of tumors, and surgery, have been presented in this paper paying attention to the choice of diode laser parameters, i.e., power of radiation, wavelength, spherical beam spectrum, utilization of the right probes, working mode (impulse or continuous wave), and the ability to regulate power output, energy dose, frequency, and biological tissue exposure time. A comparison between diode laser parameters and other lasers used to date in the applications mentioned above also has been presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1995
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 2203, Laser Technology IV: Applications in Medicine, (1 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.203346
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Ludwik Jerzy Pokora, Laser Instruments (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2203:
Laser Technology IV: Applications in Medicine
Wieslaw L. Wolinski; Tadeusz Kecik, Editor(s)

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