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ERIC Number: EJ819219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Visualizing and Measuring the Temperature Field Produced by Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound Using Thermography
Vachutka, J.; Grec, P.; Mornstein, V.; Caruana, C. J.
European Journal of Physics, v29 n6 p1287-1294 Nov 2008
The heating of tissues by diagnostic ultrasound can pose a significant hazard particularly in the imaging of the unborn child. The demonstration of the temperature field in tissue is therefore an important objective in the teaching of biomedical physics to healthcare professionals. The temperature field in a soft tissue model was made visible and measured using thermography. Temperature data from the images were used to investigate the dependence of temperature increase within the model on ultrasound exposure time and distance from the transducer. The experiment will be used within a multi-professional biomedical physics teaching laboratory for enhancing learning regarding the principles of thermography and the thermal effects of ultrasound to medical and healthcare students and also for demonstrating the quantitative use of thermographic imaging to students of biophysics, medical physics and medical technology. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A