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History of lasers in medicine.

Authors
  • Choy, D S
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1988
Volume
36 Suppl 2
Pages
114–117
Identifiers
PMID: 3046050
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

While the history of laser begins in 1951, the first medical application is reported by Goldman in 1962. In cardiovascular surgery McGuff first used a Ruby-Laser in 1963 for the experimental ablation of atherosclerotic plaques. After a long time of investigations and new developments in laser technology first clinical applications were performed by Choy and Ginsburg in 1983. Since that time the effectiveness of laser angioplasty in coronary and peripheral vessel is investigated in several clinical trials and first results are encouraging, so that laser is about to find its place in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases too.

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