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Holographic Study Of Bubble Dissolution In Human Plasma
Author(s): Richard G. Buckles; M. E. Cox; J. B. Eckenhoff
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Paper Abstract

When a deep-sea diver returns to the surface, he may suffer decompression sickness (commonly known as the bends). The disease occurs when the excess inert gas that dissolves in tissues during the dive (N2 or He) forms bubbles. The standard treatment is rapid recompression in order to redissolve the bubbles. The diver is placed in a hyperbaric chamber, which is then pressurized to a point where symptoms are relieved; this pressure is maintained for an arbitrary period presumed adequate to fully dissolve all bubbles. The pressure is then reduced gradually until atomospheric pressure is reached. If all has gone well, the diver experiences no residual effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0236, 1980 European Conf on Optical Systems and Applications, (15 May 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959007
Show Author Affiliations
Richard G. Buckles, University of Basel (Switzerland)
M. E. Cox, University of Michigan at Flint (United States)
J. B. Eckenhoff, Alza Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0236:
1980 European Conf on Optical Systems and Applications
D. J. Kroon, Editor(s)

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