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Laser-ultrasonic technologies for medicine
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This review tackles the problem of further developing laser- ultrasonic medical technologies and gives the comparison of different laser and ultrasound combinations. The features of combined influence on biotissue are explicated with due regard for mechanic, ultrasonic (US), and thermal effects. The review present the effect of self-cleaning an optical fiber tip from the laser destruction products of biotissue, the result of research on the possibility of laser-US technology applications in endoscopy, and the ways of suppressing unwanted bending oscillations. Various spheres and peculiarities of applying laser-US technologies are discussed, including microsurgery, cosmetology, transcutaneous drug delivery, and the treatment of chronic prostatitis and infected wounds. Furthermore, the analysis of transcutaneous drug delivery methods employing a portable pulsed Er:YAG laser is presented. Drug diffusion has been shown to be enhanced under acoustic and US effects. The photo-vacuum drug injection mechanism recently suggested is discussed. It turned out that laser-US technology can be suitable for both impregnating the photosensitizer in local photodynamic therapy procedures and conducting microsurgery operations involving drug injection. Treatment of infectious processes based on the bactericidal action of photosensitizers and ultrasound due to the cavitation effect in solutions is described. An additional therapeutic effect can be achieved via the US intermingling of solutions with their simulations illumination by a matrix of red lasers or light diodes. An outlook on further developing laser-US technology and the ways of its apparatus realization are considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3590, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IX, (22 June 1999);
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Vladimir P. Zharov, Bauman Moscow State Univ. of Technology (United States)
Alexei S. Latyshev, Bauman Moscow State Univ. of Technology (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3590:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IX
Kenton W. Gregory M.D.; R. Rox Anderson M.D.; David S. Robinson M.D.; Reza S. Malek M.D.; Lou Reinisch; Darryl J. Bornhop; Kenneth Eugene Bartels D.V.M.; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lloyd P. Tate V.D.M.; C. Gaelyn Garrett M.D.; Eugene A. Trowers M.D.; Aaron P. Perlmutter M.D.; Kenneth Eugene Bartels D.V.M.; Lawrence S. Bass M.D.; Darryl J. Bornhop; C. Gaelyn Garrett M.D.; Kenton W. Gregory M.D.; Nikiforos Kollias; Harvey Lui M.D.; Reza S. Malek M.D.; Aaron P. Perlmutter M.D.; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lou Reinisch; David S. Robinson M.D.; Lloyd P. Tate V.D.M.; Eugene A. Trowers M.D., Editor(s)

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