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Mitreco

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Greetings from Chicago!

I have been lurking on the laser pointer forums for a few weeks now, mostly because my google searches keep leading me back to this site. I have a long-standing interest (and modest personal experience) with medical lasers though a very poor understanding of the physics governing their operation. My background is in medicine/medical research; sadly, my training included scant exposure to the world of optoelectronics.

I would welcome any recommendations re: websites, books, etc. that might help my foundational learning (somewhere on the level of an introductory college course would be divine). Of particular interest to me are yellow/green lasers. I wish to better understand the challenges in creating powerful yellow/green lasers, as they are very useful in clinical medicine. Current options that are powerful enough to generate sufficient fluence for treating vascular lesions, for example, are typically bulky devices that are expensive to maintain (i.e. the 532 nm frequency-doubled Nd:YAG or the 585/595 nm pulsed dye lasers). I understand efforts have been undertaken to create diode lasers in the blue-green-yellow spectra, which may eventually find their way into clinical devices (I hope!).

Thanks for letting me pop in and introduce myself. I look forward to learning from your collective wisdom. Please forgive any future amateurish inquiries; I am riding the steep portion of the learning curve!
 



CurtisOliver

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We can only advise you to go get proper training on the particular laser treatment you intend to get into. And to only use medical endorsed laser products. Through the training you would learn everything you need to know to use them as intended and in a safe manner.
 

Encap

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Welcome. Have a look around LPF and enjoy threads of interest to you in the LPF sub-forums.

A laser is a laser is a laser regardless of end use.
Lasers used in medicine include in principle any type of laser.
LPF is about hobbyist lasers and realted technology and generally does not/can not discuss medical applications or uses.
LPF members are not qualified to give medical opinion information, medical lasers included.
There are millions, over 100 million web site links, listed if you search Google for "laser technology and its application in medicine"
Is a topic way bigger and beyond hobbyist laser pointers.

A good starting place is The American Assiciation of Physicists in Medicine, https://www.aapm.org/

See FDA https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/surgical-and-therapeutic-products/medical-lasers

Some good articles and references on medical/lasers on same can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/medical-laser

This web page lists and provides links covering basic information on laser medicine types, applications, and references: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_medicine
 
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icecruncher

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For general laser information try here also:

Some members on here have used laser equipment AFTER the removal from medical service and then repurposed them for hobbyist endeavors, which can be very rewarding.
 




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