Laser/light applications in neurology and neurosurgery

Roberto Diaz, Ricardo J. Komotar, Michael E. Ivan

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Applications of light in neurology and neurosurgery can be diagnostic or therapeutic. Neurophotonics is the science of photon interaction with neural tissue. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been attempted to destroy infiltrative tumor cells in tissue. Spatially modulated imaging (MI) is a newly described non-contact optical technique in the spatial domain. With this technique, both quantitative mapping of tissue optical properties within a single measurement and cross sectional optical tomography can be achieved rapidly. The ability to control the activity of a defined class of neurons has the potential to advance clinical neuromodulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLasers in Dermatology and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationDental and Medical Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319762203
ISBN (Print)9783319762180
StatePublished - May 24 2018


  • C0 laser
  • Laser interstitial thermal therapy optical coherence tomography fluorescence assisted surgery raman spectroscopy
  • Litt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Dentistry(all)


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