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Lasers in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy

Basics, applications and future prospects
Christoph Gerhard, Stephan Wieneke


Lasers in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy: Basics, applications and future prospects provides an overview on medical lasers and laser systems as well as laser applications in medical diagnosis and therapy. Since it was written by physicists, it focusses on the physics and underlying mechanisms of laser diagnosis and therapy, and thus initially covers the basics of laser-light generation, a selection of the most important laser types and systems commonly used in medicine, and the principles of laser-light guidance. The book should be used as a textbook for lectures, practise lessons and for the preparation of exams. It is suitable for students, lecturers and researchers in the fields of medical engineering and technology, medical physics, medicine and surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, laser physics and development, and optical engineering.

About Editors

Stephan Wieneke is a professor for laser-plasma-hybrid technology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Göttingen, Germany, where he has also taught applied laser medicine since 2004. In the last several years he was involved in the development and establishment of the new medical engineering course of study at the university. He is a member of the German Physical Society, is the editor of a reference book on laser ablation, and has published more than 50 articles in optics, laser science and plasma science.

Christoph Gerhard is a professor for laser and plasma technology at the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Wildau, Germany, and a visiting professor for optical system design at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. He has published more than 60 papers in the fields of optics and laser, and plasma technology and authored two textbooks on basics of optics and manufacturing of optical components and systems. He is the main editor of a reference book on laser ablation.

Table of Contents


1 Laser Basics

2 Basics of Medical Laser Systems

3 Tissue Optics and Laser-Tissue

4 Lasers in Medical Diagnosis

5 Lasers in Medical Therapy



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Hardback ISBN: 9780750312776

Ebook ISBN: 9780750312752

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1275-2

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IPEM-IOP Series in Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology


I found the book well-structured and easy to follow. The text has been written by physicists and concentrates on the physical mechanisms of laser generation, transmission and energy absorption in tissue. The figures are in colour and of a high quality. This book meets its goal of being a reference that can be used as a textbook by teachers and students for lectures and by laser safety experts when preparing material to provide laser safety training to non-physicists. I think that the detailed descriptions of the interactions of laser irradiation with tissue is particularly useful when explaining the various biological effects to clinicians and nursing staff involved in medical laser use. I think that the book should also be valuable to researchers in and students of medical physics, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery. 

Sean Geoghegan 2019 Australian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, Springer

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