2011, Part 1, 37-40, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03438-1_3
Intense Pulsed Light Technology
Karin Kunzi-Rapp and Rudolf Steiner
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Intense pulsed light (IPL) systems are high intensity pulsed sources that emit polychromatic light in a broad wavelength spectrum, which can differ between flash lamps and manufacturers. IPL can be configured for different emission spectra by varying filtration, lamp type, or current density. The waveband of light emitted by IPL is chosen so that it has both the correct penetration depth and the optimal absorption by the target chromophore. The broad spectrum will be an advantage of IPL-therapy if the parameters of energy, pulse duration, and emission spectrum are chosen in an optimal way. The clinical flexibility of the IPL device requires more expert-knowledge than laser systems with restricted indications.