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Medical Lasers Find Biophotonics Niche

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JOSE POZO AND ANA BELÉN GONZÁLEZ GUERRERO, EUROPEAN PHOTONICS INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

Because lasers can offer less-invasive procedures for both diagnosis and treatment, their role in the medical field is on the rise. Lasers can be modulated in wavelength, power, density, and energy, and they have a wide range of applications in ophthalmology, lithotripsy, and oncology as well as in dermatologic and cosmetic procedures (Figure 1a). With slight modifications of the system, the same basic principles could be applied to a vast variety of tissue types. The effect a laser has on a particular tissue type is as dependent on the properties of the laser as on the properties of the...Read full article

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