Medical Applications of Lasers

  • Markolf H. Niemz

Abstract

In this chapter, we will discuss principal applications of lasers in modern medicine. Due to the present boom in developing new laser techniques and due to the limitations given by the dimensions of this book, not all disciplines and procedures can be taken into account. The main intention is thus to focus on most significant applications and to evoke a basic feeling for using certain techniques. The examples are chosen to emphasize substantial ideas and to assist the reader in grasping some technical solutions. Potential difficulties and complications arising from either method are addressed, as well. However, we should always keep in mind that any kind of laser therapy will not be indicated if alternative methods are available which offer a better rate of success, are less dangerous to the patient, and/or easier to perform.

Keywords

Catheter Milling Shrinkage Smoke Cavitation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markolf H. Niemz
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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