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Hum Reprod Update. 2005 Jul-Aug;11(4):425-35. Epub 2005 Apr 7.

Possible applications of a non-contact 1.48 microm wavelength diode laser in assisted reproduction technologies.

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  • 1Women's General Hospital, IVF-Unit, Lederergasse 47, A-4020 Linz, Austria.


Recently, one laser system has been introduced in IVF fulfilling all safety requirements, while achieving a high standard of reproducibility in terms of ablation diameter. This 1.48 microm wavelength indium-gallium-arsenic-phosphorus (InGaAsP) semiconductor laser offers a variety of laser applications to the embryologist. On the one hand, zona pellucida of oocytes or embryos can be manipulated in order to facilitate ICSI or biopsy and assist hatching, and on the other, spermatozoa may be paralysed or immobilized prior to usage. To conclude, the 1.48 microm diode laser provides a promising tool for the microdissection of subcellular targets. The diode laser stands out due to the rapidity, the simplicity and the safety of the procedure which is supported by healthy offspring after laser application.

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