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The CDRH Helix-I: a physical evaluation

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2 Author(s)
M. K. Gopal ; Dept. of Radiat. Oncology, Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ, USA ; T. C. Cetas

The use of a resonant helical coil with predominantly axial electric fields for regional hyperthermia in the abdomen and pelvis is addressed. The Helix-I applicator, which consists of a three-turn, 36-cm-long, oval-wound helical coil measuring 60 and 43 cm along its major and minor axes, respectively, is described, and specific absorption rate (SAR) measurements for the device are reported. Measurements of the E-field are also described. Specific absorption patterns for the Helix, determined by transient temperature measurements using a gel phantom, and by E/sup 2/-field scans using a liquid phantom, are in general agreement. The general agreement of electric power intensity distribution, inside and outside the phantom, with corresponding SAR distributions obtained from transient temperature data, ensures reliability of the distribution patterns. The E/sup 2/ contours provide a clear picture of hot and cold spots as well as the nature of the general distribution.<>

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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )