Medical Breakthrough: Cold Lasers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/18/05

Medical Breakthrough: Cold Lasers

About one million people in the United States suffer from a condition called Critical Limb Ischemia, or CLI. It's common among people with diabetes and leads to about 100-thousand amputations every year. Now, doctors are saving legs with this, a cold laser that can eat through plaque.

"At the tip of the laser, the light energy touches the plaque and vaporizes it," says Daniel Garnic M.D. a cardiovascular an interventional radiologist. It is called Clirpath and it lets doctors work through blockages they couldn't get through before. This image shows three blocked areas of the leg. After clirpath, the increased blood flow is obvious. Studies show the laser can save 93 percent of limbs from being amputated. More information go to http://www.clirpath

 

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