Excimer lasers which emit short ultraviolet radiation (UVR) are currently being used in experimental and developmental surgical applications. Although UVR exposure is possible, it is not normal in laser angioplasty (cardiovascular surgery) and is insignificant in photokeratoplasty (ophthalmic surgery). However, significant potential hazards exist with the use of excimer laser gases such as fluorine and HCL. Stringent safeguards for handling and use are required when these gases are employed in a clinical setting. Recommended safety measures are provided.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Laser Applications
|Published - Sep 1991
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials