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The development of laser surgery and medicine in China
Author(s): Mingzhe Chen
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Paper Abstract

The first Chinese ruby laser was created in 1961 and it was adopted for the retina coagulation experiment in 1965. Since 1970's, lasers had been widely applied clinically including the diseases suitable to physical therapy or acupuncture. The Chinese HpD was first produced in 1981 and first case of PDT was treated using Chinese HpD and Chinese lasers in the same year. Its success brought attention establishing a research group supported by the government in 1982. A nationwide systemic research project on PDT was then carried out. The step taken for PDT also accelerated the development of various fields of laser medicine and surgery. Laser treatments had been commonly adopted in the clinics and hospitals for the diseases of the superficial lesions and the lesions can be reached by the endoscopes non-invasively in 1980's. Since 1990's, the interventional laser therapies adopted mainly were percutaneous laser angioplasty, laser treatments through laparoscope, thoracoscope, arthroscope, neuro-endoscope etc. Ultrasound guided percutaneous laser heat coagulation for small hepatic cancer revealed good results and ultrasound guided percutaneous PDT for advanced large liver cancer revealed unexpected results after five years follow-up. At present: There are more long-term follow-up patients in the clinical trial; more advanced commercial available lasers and new techniques are adopted. Since the popularization of scanning electron microscope, laser scanning confocal microscope, laser induced auto-fluorescence system, high sensitivity fluorescence microscopic imaging system etc. in the laboratories, the basic studies can be more advanced and some times, the sub-cellular level can be reached; ultra-structure histo-morphology and gene studies are involved. In dermatology, Q-switched Alexandrite laser and other Q-switched lasers are used mainly for the treatment of skin pigmentation and vascular diseases; pulsed dye laser, ultra-pulsed CO2 laser are used in resurfacing, facial acne scar, osmidrosis etc. For ophthalmology, excimer laser are used for myopia or hyperopia; argon green laser, krypton yellow laser are adopted in coagulation for retinal detachment and neovascularization etc. Lasers are often used for the canaliculoplasty in the lacrimal canal. Low level lasers had been used very often on the acupuncture points and for many chronic diseases. Intravascular low level laser irradiation adopting semiconductor lasers and He-Ne laser were reported to use for comatose patients, schizophrenia, vascular dementia, Alzeimer's disease and coronary disease. Reports from laboratory studies in the field of low level laser demonstrated the stimulation effect on the cells and immunology system; inhibitory effect on proliferation; it improved the biomedical data in hemorrheology; promoted the spinal motor nerve cell function, axonal regeneration; increased epidermal Langerhams cell to improve the antigen function, increased myocardial capillary permeability. Intra-coronary low power red laser irradiation assisted coronary interventional therapy showed its prevention effect on restenosis. Studies about the effects of various kinds of lasers, their wavelength, power densities and doses on various kinds of tissues were reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5967, 2004 Shanghai International Conference on Laser Medicine and Surgery, 596702 (11 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.639086
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Mingzhe Chen, Tsinghua Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5967:
2004 Shanghai International Conference on Laser Medicine and Surgery
Jing Zhu, Editor(s)

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