Control of the Optical Fiber During Laser-Assisted Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty: Coaxial Alignment and Other Critical Considerations

  • W. R. Castaneda-Zuniga
  • L. A. Nordstrom
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Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), and the related cardiac procedure, PTCA, have been recognized as less invasive treatment alternatives for treating occlusive arterial disease. However, there still remains a population of patients for whom PTA and PTCA are not as effective: those with total occlusions, recurring obstructions, or diffuse disease. Lasers have been suggested as an adjunct to overcome some of the limitations of PTA and PTCA, and research in this field has burgeoned in the past 5 years [1–29].


Optical Fiber Laser Energy Balloon Catheter Arterial Lumen Laser Angioplasty 
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