Publications [#179191] of Paul R Stauffer
- K Arunachalam, PF Maccarini, PR Stauffer, A thermal monitoring sheet with low influence from adjacent waterbolus for tissue surface thermometry during clinical hyperthermia.,
IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering, vol. 55 no. 10
pp. 2397-406, ISSN 1558-2531 [doi]
(last updated on 2013/05/16)
This paper presents a complete thermal analysis of a novel conformal surface thermometer design with directional sensitivity for real-time temperature monitoring during hyperthermia treatments of large superficial cancer. The thermal monitoring sheet (TMS) discussed in this paper consists of a 2-D array of fiberoptic sensors embedded between two layers of flexible, low-loss, and thermally conductive printed circuit board (PCB) film. Heat transfer across all interfaces from the tissue surface through multiple layers of insulating dielectrics surrounding the small buried temperature sensor and into an adjacent temperature-regulated water coupling bolus was studied using 3-D thermal simulation software. Theoretical analyses were carried out to identify the most effective differential TMS probe configuration possible with commercially available flexible PCB materials and to compare their thermal responses with omnidirectional probes commonly used in clinical hyperthermia. A TMS sensor design that employs 0.0508-mm Kapton MTB and 0.2032-mm Kapton HN flexible polyimide films is proposed for tissue surface thermometry with low influence from the adjacent waterbolus. Comparison of the thermal simulations with clinical probes indicates the new differential TMS probe design to outperform in terms of both transient response and steady-state accuracy in selectively reading the tissue surface temperature, while decreasing the overall thermal barrier of the probe between the coupling waterbolus and tissue surface.
Diathermy • Energy Transfer • Equipment Design • Equipment Failure Analysis • Feedback • Hot Temperature • Humans • Psoriasis • Resins, Synthetic • Sensitivity and Specificity • Skin Temperature • Soft Tissue Neoplasms • Subcutaneous Tissue • Thermal Conductivity • Thermometers* • Transducers • Water • chemistry • instrumentation* • methods • pathology • physiology • radiation effects • radiation effects* • therapeutic use • therapy