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Current and future use of lasers in vascular neurosurgery
Author(s): Maria Cristina Chavantes M.D.; Lucia J. Zamorano
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Paper Abstract

The Laser sits near the top of any list of greatest inventions of the last half of the twentieth century. Together with the computer, fiber optics and robots, it is a symbol of "high-tech". Nowadays, laser technology is both fascinating in itself and an important tool in fields from telecommunications to medicine. Since 1960, the advancement of Laser technology has granted a significant contribution to a number of medical fields, particularly ophthalmology. Laser in this specialty stands in a ripe phase and has been given evidence of its indispensability during daily procedures. In Neurosurgery, Lasers were incorporated for more than a decade as a precise tool to remove lesions from eloquent areas of the brain, spinal cord and brain stem (3). In Neurovascular surgery, Laser technology stays in a cut edge, although further studies need to be done, in order to ensure that a fine technique can take place as an efficient therapeutic modalities. In this concern, more emphasis will be placed on finding new ways to use Lasers in less invasive procedures. So far we intend to review some preliminary studies and discuss how Lasers will become an effective addition to the neurosurgeon's armamentarium in treating vascular problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 29 pages
Proc. SPIE 1428, Three-Dimensional Bioimaging Systems and Lasers in the Neurosciences, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44147
Show Author Affiliations
Maria Cristina Chavantes M.D., Univ. of Sao Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Lucia J. Zamorano, Henry Ford Neurosurgical Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1428:
Three-Dimensional Bioimaging Systems and Lasers in the Neurosciences
James E. Boggan; Leonard J. Cerullo M.D.; Louis C. Smith, Editor(s)

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