Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities

W. Z. Rymer, Shien-Fong Lin, U. Wesselmann

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Abstract

The application of pulsed or CW infrared lasers to peripheral nerves of mammalian subjects at subablative intensities has shown that action potential propagation is impaired preferentially in slowly conducting axons, and that these laser effects also impair exoplasmic transport over a much longer time period. Parallel studies of afferent processing in the dorsal gray matter of a mammalian spinal cord indicate that synaptic transmission is modified at even lower energy levels. Given that small diameter nerve fibers are concerned primarily with pain transmission, and given further that the superficial regions of dorsal gray matter in the spinal cord are concerned almost exclusively with pain processing, application of infrared lasers to these areas may prove to have short or even long term anesthetic actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsStephen N. Joffe, Kazuhiko Atsumi
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Pages343-348
Number of pages6
Volume1200
ISBN (Print)0819402419
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization Therapeutics, and Systems II - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 14 1990Jan 19 1990

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OtherProceedings of Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization Therapeutics, and Systems II
CityLos Angeles, CA, USA
Period1/14/901/19/90

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Neurosurgery
Laser applications
spinal cord
pain
Infrared lasers
laser applications
infrared lasers
anesthetics
axons
nerve fibers
Anesthetics
Continuous wave lasers
nerves
Processing
Electron energy levels
energy levels
conduction
propagation
Fibers
Lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Rymer, W. Z., Lin, S-F., & Wesselmann, U. (1990). Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. In S. N. Joffe, & K. Atsumi (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 1200, pp. 343-348). Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering.

Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. / Rymer, W. Z.; Lin, Shien-Fong; Wesselmann, U.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / Stephen N. Joffe; Kazuhiko Atsumi. Vol. 1200 Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering, 1990. p. 343-348.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rymer, WZ, Lin, S-F & Wesselmann, U 1990, Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. in SN Joffe & K Atsumi (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 1200, Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering, pp. 343-348, Proceedings of Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization Therapeutics, and Systems II, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1/14/90.
Rymer WZ, Lin S-F, Wesselmann U. Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. In Joffe SN, Atsumi K, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 1200. Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering. 1990. p. 343-348
Rymer, W. Z. ; Lin, Shien-Fong ; Wesselmann, U. / Therapeutic implications of nonablative laser application neurosurgery. Future possibilities. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / Stephen N. Joffe ; Kazuhiko Atsumi. Vol. 1200 Publ by Int Soc for Optical Engineering, 1990. pp. 343-348
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