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Numerical simulation of thermograpy for breast tumor detection
Author(s): Hong-qin Yang; Qing-yuan Lin; Zhen Ye; Shu-qiang Chen; Shu-sen Xie
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Paper Abstract

A multi-dimensional thermal model was presented to explore the relationship between an embedded tumor and the resulting temperature distributions on the breast surface on purpose to be an adjunct tool for interpreting thermograms. Steady-state temperature distributions on the skin of the breast were attained by numerically solving the heat diffusion equation. The numerical results show that the temperature distributions in the thermal images of breast tumor can be significantly influenced by surface air flow and environmental temperature. Furthermore, the simulated results also show that thermography do not have sufficient sensitivity for detection of a small tumor in deeper region. Finally, the feasibility and limitations of capturing tumor information by infrared thermal imaging is discussed. Our study shows that the heat patterns over breasts can be well simulated with this comprehensive thermal model, which may be helpful for the doctor to interpret the thermograms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6850, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging III, 685011 (14 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.762955
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Hong-qin Yang, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)
Qing-yuan Lin, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)
Zhen Ye, Fujian Medical Univ. (China)
Shu-qiang Chen, Fujian Medical Univ. (China)
Shu-sen Xie, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6850:
Multimodal Biomedical Imaging III
Fred S. Azar; Xavier Intes, Editor(s)

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