1 February 1994 Review on toxicology of aerosols produced during medical laser treatment or electrosurgery
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Proceedings Volume 2077, Laser Interaction with Hard and Soft Tissue; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.168046
Event: Europto Biomedical Optics '93, 1993, Budapest, Hungary
Abstract
Medical laser treatment enlarged its application in recent years in an explosive way. By a given distance to the patient the laser surgeon can cut, coagulate, or evaporate human tissue in a very distinct manner. Due to the mainly thermal interaction of the laser light with the irradiated tissue it may be heated up to pyrolysis conditions. By pyrolysis of human tissue degradation products are generated, which may be harmful. Chemical substances and particles formed of tissue could be toxic, cancerogenic or irritant to skin and airways or after uptake. Special hazards of human laser plume in the health care environment may result from infectious viruses, bacterias, parasites, spread tumor cells and DNA fragments.
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Lothar W. Weber, Lothar W. Weber, Thomas H. Meier, Thomas H. Meier, "Review on toxicology of aerosols produced during medical laser treatment or electrosurgery", Proc. SPIE 2077, Laser Interaction with Hard and Soft Tissue, (1 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168046; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.168046
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