NEW WAY TO TREAT SKIN CON­DI­TIONS:

WORLD’S FIRST MER­CURY-FREE FILMTYPE UL­TRA­VI­O­LET LIGHT SOURCE

Beauty Cosmedica Singapore - - Beauty Flash -

The Kobe Univer­sity Grad­u­ate School of En­gi­neer­ing and the Grad­u­ate School of Medicine have jointly de­vel­oped the world's first new mer­cury-free light source that pro­duces ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion for med­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

The tech­nol­ogy for the "made-to-or­der skin treat­ment equip­ment" is pos­si­ble due to an in­dus­try-academia-gov­ern­ment col­lab­o­ra­tion. It is cur­rently be­ing cer­ti­fied as a med­i­cal in­stru­ment, and sales are ex­pected to be­gin in Oc­to­ber 2015. This equip­ment should ef­fec­tively treat skin dis­eases such as atopic der­mati­tis, leu­co­derma, and pso­ri­a­sis. Be­cause it can de­liver high-in­ten­sity ra­di­a­tion to only the af­fected area, it should re­duce the treat­ment time and pa­tients' stress.

Un­like con­ven­tional elec­tron-beam ex­ci­ta­tion meth­ods for phos­phor ex­ci­ta­tion, the plasma ex­ci­ta­tion method em­ploys tech­nol­ogy sim­i­lar to that used in plasma tele­vi­sions, al­low­ing a large area to be treated. How­ever, its big­gest ad­van­tage is its abil­ity to pin­point the lo­ca­tion where light is de­liv­ered. Hence, it can pre­cisely de­liver UVB ra­di­a­tion to only the af­fected area.

Pro­fes­sor Kita Takashi of Kobe Univer­sity says, "The re­sults of this study are rev­o­lu­tion­ary, and may reshuf­fle the power re­la­tion­ships for med­i­cal ul­tra­vi­o­let light sources. We have al­ready suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped a light source with a bac­te­ri­ci­dal wave­length of 263 nm. In the fu­ture, we hope to fur­ther im­prove this tech­nol­ogy and re­al­ize ap­pli­ca­tions for wa­ter ster­il­iza­tion and other uses."

Source: Sci­enceDaily (Im­age Credit: Kobe Univer­sity)

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