International Day of Light Showcases Laser Therapies

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May 16, 2018

IDL_Treatment Nancy Fitzgerald, D.M.D. (CDMA), Assistant Professor, demonstrates PBMT pain relief techniques using a THOR cold laser system.

In celebration of the anniversary of the first laser-assisted operation in 1960, May 16th has been named the International Day of Light by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

As part of Midwestern University's recognition of the International Day of Light, faculty, staff, and students were treated to an exhibition of laser technologies now in use at the University's community clinics. Prepared by Nancy Fitzgerald, D.M.D., Assistant Professor at the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, an interactive exhibit was installed at the Stagecoach Dining Hall on the Glendale Campus, featuring Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) equipment used in wound healing and pain management, as well as a cutting laser used for dental procedures. Research posters illustrated the state of development in laser-assisted treatments and their efficacy.

Laser therapies and treatments have been proven effective in human and animal treatment and are remarkable in their nearly painless nature, especially compared to conventional treatments. Lasers are currently in use at the Midwestern University Dental Institute and have applications for other disciplines such as physical therapy.