The effect of blood perfusion rate on the temperature distributions induced by multiple, scanned and focused ultrasonic beams in dogs' kidneys in vivo.
ABSTRACT The effect of blood perfusion rate on the temperature distribution during scanned, focused ultrasound hyperthermia was investigated using an in vivo dog kidney model. The results showed that the ultrasound beams could penetrate through the body wall without severe distortion, and that they could be used to induce controlled temperature elevations in the target volume. The blood perfusion rate of the heated tissue significantly modified the temperature distribution and the temperatures achieved in the kidney with no flow were about five times higher than in the case with full flow for the same applied acoustic power. It was also demonstrated that the power deposition pattern produced by scanned focused ultrasonic fields could be modified to give an acceptable temperature distribution in different perfusion situations. Similar trends were also obtained by using the bioheat transfer equation to simulate the experiment. Both the magnitude of the temperature elevations and the effect of perfusion on the temperature distributions obtained in the experiments were in agreement with the simulations. The main difference occurred at high perfusion rates where the experiments showed significant temperature elevation outside of the scanned volume and the simulation results predicted hardly any temperature increase 5 mm outside the scan. These observations indicate that both the theoretical power calculation programme and the temperature simulations will have value in the design of optimal heating systems, treatment planning and in the retrospective of the achieved temperature distributions.
Article: Thermal strain imaging: a review.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Thermal strain imaging (TSI) or temporal strain imaging is an ultrasound application that exploits the temperature dependence of sound speed to create thermal (temporal) strain images. This article provides an overview of the field of TSI for biomedical applications that have appeared in the literature over the past several years. Basic theory in thermal strain is introduced. Two major energy sources appropriate for clinical applications are discussed. Promising biomedical applications are presented throughout the paper, including non-invasive thermometry and tissue characterization. We present some of the limitations and complications of the method. The paper concludes with a discussion of competing technologies.Interface focus: a theme supplement of Journal of the Royal Society interface 08/2011; 1(4):649-64.
Article: The feasibility of using thermal strain imaging to regulate energy delivery during intracardiac radio-frequency ablation.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A method is introduced to monitor cardiac ablative therapy by examining slope changes in the thermal strain curve caused by speed of sound variations with temperature. The sound speed of water-bearing tissue such as cardiac muscle increases with temperature. However, at temperatures above about 50°C, there is no further increase in the sound speed and the temperature coefficient may become slightly negative. For ablation therapy, an irreversible injury to tissue and a complete heart block occurs in the range of 48 to 50°C for a short period in accordance with the well-known Arrhenius equation. Using these two properties, we propose a potential tool to detect the moment when tissue damage occurs by using the reduced slope in the thermal strain curve as a function of heating time. We have illustrated the feasibility of this method initially using porcine myocardium in vitro. The method was further demonstrated in vivo, using a specially equipped ablation tip and an 11-MHz microlinear intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) array mounted on the tip of a catheter. The thermal strain curves showed a plateau, strongly suggesting that the temperature reached at least 50°C.IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control 07/2011; 58(7):1406-17. · 1.80 Impact Factor
Article: In vivo characterization of tissue thermal properties of the kidney during local hyperthermia induced by MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitatively in vivo the tissue thermal properties during high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) heating. For this purpose, a total of 52 localized sonications were performed in the kidneys of six pigs with HIFU monitored in real time by volumetric MR thermometry. The kidney perfusion was modified by modulation of the flow in the aorta by insertion of an inflatable angioplasty balloon. The resulting temperature data were analyzed using the bio-heat transfer model in order to validate the model under in vivo conditions and to estimate quantitatively the absorption (α), thermal diffusivity (D) and perfusion (w(b)) of renal tissue. An excellent correspondence was observed between the bio-heat transfer model and the experimental data. The absorption and thermal diffusivity were independent of the flow, with mean values (± standard deviation) of 20.7 ± 5.1 mm(3) K J(-1) and 0.23 ± 0.11 mm(2) s(-1), respectively, whereas the perfusion decreased significantly by 84% (p < 0.01) with arterial flow (mean values of w(b) of 0.06 ± 0.02 and 0.008 ± 0.007 mL(-1) mL s(-1)), as predicted by the model. The quantitative analysis of the volumetric temperature distribution during nondestructive HIFU sonication allows the determination of the thermal parameters, and may therefore improve the quality of the planning of noninvasive therapy with MR-guided HIFU.NMR in Biomedicine 08/2011; 24(7):799-806. · 3.21 Impact Factor