The world's first mercury-free film-type ultraviolet light source

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.

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