A SOLID STATE LASER FOR VASCULAR LESION TREATMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 19330
Amount: $49,691.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
45 Winthrop Street, Concord, MA, 01742
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter F Moulton
 (508) 371-2299
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE TREATMENT OF PORTWINE STAINS, TELANGIECTASES AND OTHER MICROVASCULAR MALFORMATIONS OF THE SKIN HAS BEEN GREATLY IMPROVED BY LASER SURGERY. BETWEEN 1981-83, WORK BY ANDERSON AND COLLEAGUES IDENTIFIED AN APPROACH CALLED "SELECTIVE PHOTOTHERMOLYSIS", WHICH LED TO EFFECTIVE YET ESSENTAILLY NON-SCARRING TREATMENTS. THIS APPROACH HAS SINCE BEEN REFINED AND IS NOW A MATURE, WELL-ACCEPTED, AND ESSENTIALLY UNIQUE TREATMENT IN DERMATOLOGY. AT PRESENT, THE LASER SYSTEM BEST SATISFYING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TREATMENT IS A LONG-PULSE DYE LASER, OPERATING AT A WAVELENGTH OF 585 NM, THE YELLOW REGION OF THE VISIBLE SPECTRUM. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS AND USE OF THE DYE LASER. IN PHASE I, WE PLAN TO INVESTIGATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLID STATE LASER SYSTEM THAT WOULD REPLACE CURRENT LASERS AND ELIMINATE SOME, IF NOT ALL OF THE DYE-LASER PROBLEMS. AN IMPROVED YELLOW SOURCE COULD MAKE VASCULAR-LESIONS TREATMENT MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE AND LOWER IN COST.

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