Safety of medical excimer lasers with an emphasis on compressed gases

David H. Sliney, Terrance N. Clapham

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laser Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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