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A study of the use of combined thermal and microwave modelling of body regions for microwave thermography

Kelso, Margaret Black (1995) A study of the use of combined thermal and microwave modelling of body regions for microwave thermography. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Microwave thermography has been used for the objective assessment of inflammation in the knee joints and wrist and finger joints of patients suffering with rheumatoid arthritis by comparison with similar information obtained from a control group of subjects. Combined microwave and thermal modelling has been used to estimate the effective blood supply to the anterior intra-articular region of the patella, and the perfusion of the quadriceps muscle in both groups. 2-D numerical modelling was compared with results obtained using 1-D modelling. Microwave thermography has also been used for the detection of breast cancer. However, problems such as high false positive detection rates have occurred due to natural cyclical breast temperature changes. The thermal behaviour of the normal breast throughout the menstrual cycle has been investigated and it is shown that microwave thermography is capable of detecting temperature variations in the female breast corresponding to the ovulatory and luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Combined microwave and thermal modelling estimated the effective perfusion of the normal breast to be in the range 0.2 - ˜ 2 kg m-3s-1. This is consistent with previous work. Microwave thermography is a quick, simple technique which clinicians can easily use. It is non-invasive, passive and causes the patient no distress. By using combined microwave and thermal modelling it is possible to estimate tissue blood perfusions and water contents and compare them with expected values. The technique has many potential applications and will hopefully find a secure niche in clinical medicine.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 1995
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:1995-1107
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:33
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1107

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