Proceedings PaperThe Outlook For Medical Lasers: The New Technologies
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The medical laser industry continues to be a complex industry to follow. In this presentation, the author provides an overview of the growing markets, the new laser technologies and the new applications that will shape the medical laser industry in the years ahead. The presentation covers both a conservative view of market growth as well as application breakthroughs that could greatly impact the sale of both conventional and new laser systems. These new applications include laser angioplasty, laser lithotripsy, corneal sculpting, and other new significant surgical and therapeutic uses for lasers. The new laser systems include excimer lasers, pulsed dye systems, new solid state lasers operating at fiber transmittable water absorption peaks, diode and diode pumped solid state lasers and tunable solid state lasers of the future. The presentation, based on a recently completed study of the industry (published by Arthur D. Little's Decision Resources, November, 1988), is a valuable overview for both established participants and those newly interested in the medical laser field.