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Photomedicine of the endometrium: experimental concepts


Gynaecological photomedicine offers new diagnostic and therapeutic methods based on the interaction of light with the reproductive organs. One example is photodynamic therapy (PDT) in which photosensitizers are applied systemically or topically for selective endometrial ablation. Several studies describing the potential use of PDT for this application are reviewed. Basic experimental and clinical aspects of PDT, such as photosensitizer types, application modes, irradiation parameters, optical properties of tissues and photodegradation of photosensitizers are discussed.

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