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Introductory remarks: blood irradiation as a new (renewed) phototherapeutic modality
Author(s): Tiina I. Karu
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Paper Abstract

The concept of blood irradiation therapy originates from Germany (K. Naswitis) and United States (E. Knott)' in the 1920s. In their works devices for extracorporeal inadiation of small amounts of blood with UV radiation were developed. The method was used to treat bacterial, viral and autoimmune diseases but a new wave of antibiotics and vaccines in 1 950s caused the method to fall into oblivion. Its second birth occurred in former USSR in the late 1 970s - early 1 980s and got a widespread use in hundreds of clinics as well as in vetermary medicine. Beside extracorporeal UV inadiation of blood Russian doctors started to use low-intensity He-Ne laser irradiation through a fiber and a needle (intravenous inadiation). Low-intensity He-Ne and later semiconductor lasers emitting in red - to - near IR region were also used for extracorporeal and over-venous inadiation. The rise of multidrug resistance of bacterial strains, strong side effects of some effective drugs, AIDS and hepatitis have originate the interest to methods of blood inadiation also in the West. Note that a blood inadiation device (extracorporeal inadiation with UV) has received a FDA clearance (51 0 (k)status), and there appeared an ultraviolet blood inadiation website (Dr. K. Dillon).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1998
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 3569, Effects of Low-Power Light on Biological Systems IV, (29 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334381
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Tiina I. Karu, Laser Technology Research Ctr. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3569:
Effects of Low-Power Light on Biological Systems IV
Giovanni F. Bottiroli; Tiina I. Karu; Rachel Lubart, Editor(s)

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