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26 February 2013 Numerical models of cell death in RF ablation with monopolar and bipolar probes
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Radio frequency (RF) is used clinically to treat unresectible tumors. Finite element modeling has proven useful in treatment planning and applicator design. Typically isotherms in the middle 50s °C have been used as the parameter of assessment in these models. We compare and contrast isotherms for multiple known Arrhenius thermal damage predictors including collagen denaturation, vascular disruption, liver coagulation and cell death. Models for RITA probe geometries are included in the study. Comparison to isotherms is sensible when the activation time is held constant, but varies considerably when heating times vary. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of looking at specific processes and keeping track of the methods used to derive the Arrhenius coefficients in order to study the extremely complex cell death processes due to thermal therapies.
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Benjamin M. Bright and John A. Pearce "Numerical models of cell death in RF ablation with monopolar and bipolar probes", Proc. SPIE 8584, Energy-based Treatment of Tissue and Assessment VII, 858409 (26 February 2013);


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