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Optical methods for diagnostics and feedback control in laser-induced regeneration of spine disc and joint cartilages
Author(s): Emil Sobol; Alexander Sviridov; Alexander Omeltchenko; Olga Baum; Andrey Baskov; Igor Borchshenko; Vladimir Golubev; Vladimir Baskov
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Paper Abstract

In 1999 we have introduced a new approach for treatment of spine diseases based on the mechanical effect of nondestructive laser radiation on the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc. Laser reconstruction of spine discs (LRD) involves puncture of the disc and non-destructive laser irradiation of the nucleus pulposus to activate reparative processes in the disc tissues. In vivo animal study has shown that LRD allows activate the growth of hyaline type cartilage in laser affected zone. The paper considers physical processes and mechanisms of laser regeneration, presents results of investigations aimed to optimize laser settings and to develop feedback control system for laser reparation in cartilages of spine and joints. The results of laser reconstruction of intervertebral discs for 510 patients have shown substantial relief of back pain for 90% of patients. Laser technology has been experimentally tested for reparation of traumatic and degenerative diseases in joint cartilage of 20 minipigs. It is shown that laser regeneration of cartilage allows feeling large (more than 5 mm) defects which usually never repair on one's own. Optical techniques have been used to promote safety and efficacy of the laser procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7897, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXII, 78971G (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879354
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Emil Sobol, Institute on Laser and Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Alexander Sviridov, Institute on Laser and Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Alexander Omeltchenko, Institute on Laser and Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Olga Baum, Institute on Laser and Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Andrey Baskov, Medical Ctr. for Vertebrology and Orthopedics (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Igor Borchshenko, Ctr. for Vertebrology and Orthopedics (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)
Vladimir Golubev, Ctr. for Vertebrology and Orthopedics (Russian Federation)
Vladimir Baskov, Ctr. for Vertebrology and Orthopedics (Russian Federation)
Arcuo Medical Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7897:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXII
E. Duco Jansen; Robert J. Thomas, Editor(s)

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