About Laser Therapy

History of Laser Therapy

They say that Dr. Townes was a father of laser therapy.
Since then, development race started, and many researcher and scholars have participated in research of laser therapy.
They say that Dr. Maiman, who successfully created laser light oscillation using ruby crystal in 1060, was actually an inventor of laser therapy technology.
Since then, laser technology was used for industry, telecommunication and military usage in the States and Soviet Union.

Adoption of laser therapy in the medical field started early. In 1961 one year later than Dr. Maiman’s invention, laser therapy was used for surgery of retinal detachment, and in 1970, laser therapy was used for urinary calculus.
They say that laser therapy use in Japan started from ophthalmology around 1980.
Nowadays many doctors are using laser therapy in many medical applications in Japan.

Future of laser therapy

1,Medical laser which plays an active role in intractable disease including cancer.

For cancer clinical applications, inserting laser endoscope in the body, which destroys cancer cells using laser irradiation and a monitor, and radiating laser after injecting special pigment in the blood, which is incorporated only into the cancer cells, could be main clinical applications in the near future.

2,Laser which is used for diagnosis and measurement.

In the future, laser will be used for many medical diagnosis and measurement such as laser CT and laser microscope as well as laser doppler blood-flowmeter.

3,Medical laser which expected to play an important role in care filed.

In care field, laser therapy is effectively used for bedsores medical treatment of bedridden people.
In the future, portable laser devices will be used home healthcare by doctors and nurses who practice home visit care.

Comparison with other medical scalpels

Asuka semiconductor laser Surgical scalpel Electric scalpel Ultrasonic scalpel
Incision Speedy incision
Incision Soft tissue incision accompanied with hemostasis ×
Incision Delicate tissue precise incision with hemostasis × ×
Incision Muscle layer incision with hemostasis × ×
Incision Fat layer incision with hemostasis ×
Incision Mucosa Incision mucosa incision with hemostasis ×
Hemostasis Thick blood vessels ×
Hemostasis Capillary ×
Hemostasis Oozing × ×
Transpiration Speed × ×
Transpiration Non-anesthesia, Transpiration with local anesthetic, Incision × × ×
Operation method Contact type, non contact type Contact type Contact type Contact type
Thermal effect Small No effect Big Small
Postoperative healing
Postoperative pain Small Big Big Small