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Current and long-term technologies of laser therapy
Author(s): Vladimir S. Ulashcyk; Anna V. Volotovskaya
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Paper Abstract

Laser therapy, using low-energy laser radiation, is being more and more applied. The most applied technology is transcutaneous radiation of tissues by laser radiation. Originally, a direct action on a pathological site was mostly used, but recently more attention is given to reflexogenic areas, acupuncture points, and endocrine organ projection sites. The development of light-conductive engineering made it possible to practically apply intraorgan laser therapy. This technology is widely spread in gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, urology, gastroenterology, etc. Close to it are different versions of intratissue laser therapy (intraosteal, periosteal, myofascial). A special kind of laser therapy is laser hemotherapy. Depending on the techniques and protocol of its application, there are extracorporeal, intravascular, and supravenous ways of action. According to our comparative investigations, supravenous hemotherapy by its therapeutic efficacy and major medicinal effects can be well compared with intravascular laser hemotherapy. With good prospects and efficiency is laser therapy as a combination of laser and other physical factors. Magnetolaser therapy has been scientifically substantiated and practically applied so far. Theoretically and experimentally substantiated is a combined application of laser radiation and physical factors such as ultrasound, direct current field, vacuum, cryotherapy, etc. Experimental research and few so far clinical observations are indicative of prospects of a complex application of laser radiation and drugs. To improve light absorption, laser radiation is combined with different dyes. Photodynamic therapy, originally used in oncology, is applied today in treating different diseases. We showed a possibility of using a number of drugs possessing simultaneously photosensitizing properties to this end. Laser radiation significantly influences pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, which gives reason to practically implement laser technologies, based on pharmacomodulating action of laser radiation, to practical medicine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6734, International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2007: Laser Technologies for Medicine, 67340A (1 August 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.753132
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Vladimir S. Ulashcyk, Institute of Physiology (Belarus)
Anna V. Volotovskaya, Belarusian Medical Academy of Post Graduate Education (Belarus)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6734:
International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2007: Laser Technologies for Medicine

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