History of Laser Ablation

  • Claudio Maurizio Pacella
  • Giovanni Mauri


Minimally invasive thermal techniques, including laser ablation, have gained considerable popularity in recent decades for the treatment of focal tumor lesions as an alternative to surgery. This chapter traces an overview of the early stages of the discovery and development of the first lasers and then reviews the first experiences and first clinical results on various organs and tissues. A mention is made on the operating modalities such as the appropriate powers and times in association with the means used to transmit laser energy in the context of the diseased tissue. Finally, a brief mention of the use of heat in antiquity as a hemostatic means and to destroy tumors is made.


Laser treatment Tumor treatment Minimally invasive treatment Tissue ablation Patient care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Maurizio Pacella
    • 1
  • Giovanni Mauri
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional RadiologyRegina Apostolorum HospitalAlbano LazialeItaly
  2. 2.Division of Interventional RadiologyEuropean Institute of Oncology, IRCCSMilanItaly

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