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Heating properties of a new hyperthermia system for deep tumors without contact.

Research paper by K K Yokoyama, K K Kato, W W Igarashi, Y Y Shindo, M M Kubo, H H Takahashi, T T Uzuka, Y Y Fujii

Indexed on: 19 Jan '12Published on: 19 Jan '12Published in: Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference



Abstract

In this paper, heating properties of the proposed hyperthermia system for non-invasive treatment of deep tumors are discussed. Our heating system is composed of a large size resonant cavity applicator. In this heating method, a human body is placed between the two inner electrodes. It is heated by electromagnetic fields stimulated in the cavity without contact between the surface of the human body and the applicator. First, we presented the experimental results of heating a cylindrical agar phantom and a cylindrical fat-agar phantom using the proposed system. From the thermal images of the heated phantoms, the center of the agar was locally heated to maximum temperature. Second, we presented the experimental results of heating a mini pig. In the heating experiment, temperature measurements were performed by using fiber-optical thermometers inserted in four locations inside the mini pig. From the results, the deepest region of the liver was heated to the highest temperature 43.3 °C.

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