The Promise and Potential of Laser Irradiation for Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease

  • Thomas A. Riemenschneider
Conference paper


Techniques for the introduction of laser energy into the cardiovascular system offer, as an alternative to open heart surgery, the potential for treatment of congenital and acquired heart diseases during cardiac catheterization. Research efforts have used argon laser irradiation, which provides an effective means of cutting with minimal damage to adjacent tissues. The argon laser is absorbed by darkly pigmented tissue, but the beam passes through clear tissue and fluid without effect. Argon laser irradiation will also pass through flexible fibers, thus facilitating its use during cardiac catheterization.


Laser Irradiation Congenital Heart Disease Laser Fiber Acquire Heart Disease Fiber Optic System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

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