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Thermal therapy for abnormal uterine bleeding
Author(s): Thomas P. Ryan
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Paper Abstract

Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) affects many women worldwide. To this end, many are debilitated and are at risk of compromising their health due to the amount of blood loss during their menstrual period. There are several treatments in clinical trials for AUB. One promising therapy is cryotherapy and a comparison will be made with RF and conductive heating. Unlike most devices for thermal therapy that have an upper limit due to steam formation, cryotherapy has no lower limit, except what is achievable at the source. A finite element model was set up to simulate cryotherapy and also RF or conductive heating. The bioheat equation was used to predict temperature distributions in tissue. Treatment safety issues will be explored as the simulations show the depth ofpenetration into the myometrium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2001
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 4247, Thermal Treatment of Tissue: Energy Delivery and Assessment, (1 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427869
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Thomas P. Ryan, Ethicon, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4247:
Thermal Treatment of Tissue: Energy Delivery and Assessment
Thomas P. Ryan, Editor(s)

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