26 April 2018 Sapphire capillary interstitial irradiators for laser medicine
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In this paper, we demonstrate instruments for laser radiation delivery based on sapphire capillary needles. Such sapphire irradiators (introducers) can be used for various medical applications, such as photodynamic therapy, laser hyperthermia, laser interstitial thermal therapy, and ablation of tumors of various organs. Unique properties of sapphire allow for effective redistribution of the heat, generated in biological tissues during their exposure to laser radiation. This leads to homogeneous distribution of the laser irradiation around the needle, and lower possibility of formation of the overheating focuses, as well as the following non-transparent thrombi.
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I. A. Shikunova, I. N. Dolganova, E. N. Dubyanskaya, E. E. Mukhina, K. I. Zaytsev, V. N. Kurlov, "Sapphire capillary interstitial irradiators for laser medicine", Proc. SPIE 10716, Saratov Fall Meeting 2017: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine XIX, 1071605 (26 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2316502; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2316502
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