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Laser Therapy For Arteriosclerosis: Current Review
Author(s): David J. Dries; Marc E. Pollock; John Eugene
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Paper Abstract

Shortly after the ruby laser was introduced, in 1959, a study for the use of this ruby laser for the in-vitro dissolution of arteriosclerotic plaque was performed.' With subsequent advances in laser technology and with refined delivery techniques, laser applications to the treatment of arteriosclerosis in the coronary arteries and peripheral vascular system is a reality. This report reviews the disease process, arteriosclerosis, and the ef-forts towards laser treatment of this disease. We conclude with a review of the technical barriers to the routine application of laser energy in arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and the progress being made to overcome these obstacles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0712, Lasers in Medicine, (10 March 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937357
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Dries, University of California, Irvine (United States)
Marc E. Pollock, University of California, Irvine (United States)
John Eugene, University of California, Irvine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0712:
Lasers in Medicine
Stephen N. Joffe; John A. Parrish, Editor(s)

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