Laser- and Fiber-assisted Sensoric Methods in Medicine

  • Eberhard Unsöld
Part of the Research Reports Esprit book series (ESPRIT, volume 1)

Abstract

Laser- and optical fiber-assisted methods have proved their feasibility in many fields of therapeutical medicine. The introduction of such methods also to medical analysis and diagnosis promises to add progress to modern clinical work; feedback-guided therapeutical systems become practicable. Few examples will illustrate this trend.

Electrocardiograms (ECG) intracardially derived allow for positioning laser fiber catheters for a sensor-controlled percutaneous transluminal photocoagulation of arrhythmogenic substrata of the myocardium.

A fiber-coupled fluorescence sensor enables the evaluation of selectively photomarked tumors e.g. for a subsequent laser-assisted photodynamic or photothermic treatment.

So-far, however, routine methods have not been established, a challenge for physicians, biomedical engineers, and sensor specialists.

Keywords

Catheter Perforation Phthalocyanine Protoporphyrin Hematoporphyrin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eberhard Unsöld
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  1. 1.GSF - Zentrales LaserlaboratoriumNeuherberg, Oberschleissheim/MunichGermany

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