Pulsed power systems have been instrumental in the development of a number of biomedical devices and procedures.  Electrical pulses have been shown to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells, and pulsed power systems are currently being developed to treat various types of cancers.  Current research is largely focused on the treatment of external cancers since the electrical pulses can be applied using a simple needle electrode system, but pulsed power systems that generate picoseconds pulses may eventually be used with broadband focusing antennas to treat internal tumors. 

  E.   Garon  ,   M. A. Gundersen  , et. al, Int  . J. Cancer: 121, 675–682 (2007)

E. Garon, M. A. Gundersen, et. al, Int. J. Cancer: 121, 675–682 (2007)

 Pulsed power systems have also been used in combination with various plasma actuators to generate cold plasmas that have proven to be effective for endodontic disinfection and wound healing.

  C.   Jiang,   M. A. Gundersen,   et. al, "Plasma   Science, IEEE Transactions   on,   vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 1190-1195 (2009).

C. Jiang, M. A. Gundersen, et. al, "Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 1190-1195 (2009).


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