Joseph T. Walsh*, John A. Parrish

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The physical and biological response to laser irradiation is complex and occurs on spatial and temporal scales that are difficult to study. On the other hand, progress in this field also strongly depends on advances in basic laser technology, which provide the tools of the trade. Thus, the field of lasers in medicine is ripe for the innovative work of engineers, basic scientists, and physicians. Reviewed are some present and potential surgical and medical uses of lasers is selective photothermolysis of endogenous and exogenous chromophores, ablation (surgical removal of tissues), and light therapy involving photochemistry. Excimer lasers and the effect of laser on living tissues are also considered. Advances in laser medicine are driven not only by physicians applying existing technology to the treatment of disease but also by the efforts of basic scientists and engineers to enhance understanding of light-tissue interactions and develop new technologies aimed at the treatment of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-39
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Potentials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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