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SEMIAUTOMATED PATTERNED SCANNING LASER FOR RETINAL PHOTOCOAGULATION

BLUMENKRANZ, MARK S. MD*; YELLACHICH, DIMITRI MD*; ANDERSEN, DAN E. BSC; WILTBERGER, MICHAEL W. BSC; MORDAUNT, DAVID PHD; MARCELLINO, GEORGE R. PHD; PALANKER, DANIEL PHD*

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Sequential application of a large number of single spots in retinal photocoagulation often results in significant physician fatigue and patient discomfort. This article describes a semiautomated scanning laser retinal photocoagulator that greatly improves efficiency and increases the precision by rapid application of patterns of lesions using laser pulses as short as 10 milliseconds.

From the *Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Stanford, California; and †OptiMedica Corporation, Santa Clara, California

The authors have proprietary interests in the laser system described.

M.S.B., D.Y., and D.P. are the authors of a patent licensed by Stanford University to the OptiMedica Corporation and a party to its terms in accordance with Stanford University Office of Technology and Licensing policy. M.S.B. and D.P. are consultants to and shareholders of the company. D.A.E., M.W.W., D.M., and G.R.M. are employees and shareholders of OptiMedica Corporation.

Reprint requests: Daniel Palanker, Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University, 300 Pasteur Drive, Room A157, Stanford, CA 94305-5308.

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