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Effects of tissue microstructure on ultrasonic heating with interstitial applicator

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2 Author(s)
Jarosz, B.J. ; Dept. of Phys., Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Werner, M.

Calculated heating rates achieved with an interstitial ultrasonic applicator have been observed to differ significantly with the rates observed in porcine brain. One of the reasons for the discrepancy could have been treatment of the tissue as a homogenous medium, neglecting a microstructure of the tissue. The role of the microstructure is discussed in this presentation. The applicator consisting of a piezoelectric transducer driven in cw mode at about 1.0 MHz attached to a waveguide in the form of G18 spinal needle supplied ultrasound energy into about 288 cm3 samples of normal in vitro and emulsified porcine brain. Hyperthermia of 9-15 K observed in the two types of samples resulted In significantly different heating rates and plateau of temperature. Results of measurements compared with theoretical estimates gave better agreement for emulsified tissue

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1994. Engineering Advances: New Opportunities for Biomedical Engineers. Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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3-6 Nov 1994