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He-Ne laser radiation effects on the membrane of human erythrocytes
Author(s): Eugenia Kovacs; Mersini I. Makropoulou; Tudor Savopol; Roxana Pologea-Moraru; Alexander A. Serafetinides
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Paper Abstract

Low level He-Ne laser radiation (633 nm) is currently used as an aiming beam in carbon dioxide laser surgery. However no systematic study was published yet concerning the interaction of He-Ne laser radiation with blood cells and tissues under surgery. In view of this, in the present paper, several methods were used to follow up the changes in the properties of the human erythrocyte membrane during and/or following the low level exposures to He-Ne laser beam compatible with those currently used in laser surgery (3 mW beam power, 2 mm beam diameter). It was found that no significant modification of membrane permeability to hemoglobin is obvious after short irradiation (up to 30 minutes) while osmotic fragility and membrane fluidity is increased (more in young than in old erythrocytes) even at these irradiation times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2630, Effects of Low-Power Light on Biological Systems, (15 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230026
Show Author Affiliations
Eugenia Kovacs, Carol Davila Medical Univ. (Romania)
Mersini I. Makropoulou, National Tech Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Tudor Savopol, Carol Davila Medical Univ. (Romania)
Roxana Pologea-Moraru, Carol Davila Medical Univ. (Romania)
Alexander A. Serafetinides, National Tech Univ. of Athens (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2630:
Effects of Low-Power Light on Biological Systems
Tiina I. Karu; Anthony R. Young, Editor(s)

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