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Photodynamic therapy: present and future
Author(s): Raphaela M. Waidelich
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Paper Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the administration of a photosensitizing agent and its subsequent activation by light of the appropriate wavelength, resulting in destruction of cells containing the agent. PDT has been designed as a promising new modality in the treatment of various malignant and nonmalignant disease since the early 1980s. Recent chemical and physical developments have brought forth new methods of PDT. We provide an overview of photosensitizers, photobiology and photochemistry, and light sources available for PDT. Clinical and preclinical PDT studies are discussed.

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Date Published: 28 June 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4166, Laser Florence '99: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, (28 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389473
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Raphaela M. Waidelich, Klinikum Grosshadern/Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. Muenchen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4166:
Laser Florence '99: A Window on the Laser Medicine World
Leonardo Longo; Alfons G. Hofstetter; Mihail-Lucian Pascu; Wilhelm R.A. Waidelich, Editor(s)

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