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Modeling the internal pressure dependence of thermal conductivity and in vitro temperature measurement for lung RFA

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7 Author(s)
Yamazaki, N. ; Grad. Sch. of Sci. & Eng., Waseda Univ., Tokyo, Japan ; Watanabe, H. ; Seki, M. ; Hoshi, T.
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Radio frequency ablation (RFA) for lung cancer has increasingly been used over the past few years because RFA is minimally invasive treatment for patients. As a feature of RFA for the lung cancer, lung has the air having low thermal conductivity. Therefore, RFA for lung has the advantage that only the tumor is coagulated because heating area is confined to the immediate vicinity of the heating point. However, it is difficult for operators to control the precise formation of coagulation zones due to inadequate imaging modalities. We propose a method using numerical simulation to analyze the temperature distribution of the organ in order to overcome the current deficiencies. Creating an accurate thermophysical model was a challenging problem because of the complexities of the thermophysical properties of the organ. In this work, as the processes in the development of ablation simulator, measurement of the pressure dependence of lung thermal conductivity and in vitro estimation of the temperature distribution during RFA is presented.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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Aug. 30 2011-Sept. 3 2011