Hyperthermia treatment planning and temperature distribution reconstruction: a case study.


Journal Article

While a great deal of effort has been applied toward solving the technical problems associated with modelling clinical hyperthermia treatments, much of that effort has focused on only estimating the power deposition. Little effort has been applied toward using the modelled power depositions (either electromagnetic (EM) or ultrasonic) as inputs to estimate the hyperthermia induced three-dimensional temperature distributions. This paper presents a case report of a patient treated with hyperthermia at the Duke University Medical Center where numerical modelling of the EM power deposition was used to prospectively plan the treatment. Additionally, the modelled power was used as input to retrospectively reconstruct the transient three-dimensional temperature distribution. The modelled power deposition indicated the existence of an undesirable region of high power in the normal tissue. Based upon this result, amplitudes and phases for driving the hyperthermia applicator were determined that eliminated the region of high power and subsequent measurements confirmed this. The steady-state and transient three-dimensional temperature distributions were reconstructed for four out of the seven treatments. The reconstructed steady-state temperatures agreed with the measured temperatures; root-mean-square error ranged from 0.45 to 1.21 degrees C. The transient three-dimensional tumour temperature was estimated assuming that the perfusion was constant throughout the treatment. Using the computed three-dimensional transient temperature distribution, the hyperthermia thermal dose was computed. The equivalent minutes at 43 degrees C achieved by 50% (T50Eq43) of the tumour volume was computed from the measured data and the three-dimensional reconstructed distribution yielding T50Eq43 = 40.6 and 19.8 min respectively.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clegg, ST; Das, SK; Fullar, E; Anderson, S; Blivin, J; Oleson, JR; Samulski, TV

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 76

PubMed ID

  • 8676009

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8676009

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-6736


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England