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Modeling of skin cooling, blood flow, and optical properties in wounds created by electrical shock
Author(s): Thu T. A. Nguyen; Jeffrey W. Shupp; Lauren T. Moffatt; Marion H. Jordan; James C. Jeng; Jessica C. Ramella-Roman
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Paper Abstract

High voltage electrical injuries may lead to irreversible tissue damage or even death. Research on tissue injury following high voltage shock is needed and may yield stage-appropriate therapy to reduce amputation rate. One of the mechanisms by which electricity damages tissue is through Joule heating, with subsequent protein denaturation. Previous studies have shown that blood flow had a significant effect on the cooling rate of heated subcutaneous tissue. To assess the thermal damage in tissue, this study focused on monitoring changes of temperature and optical properties of skin next to high voltage wounds. The burns were created between left fore limb and right hind limb extremities of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats by a 1000VDC delivery shock system. A thermal camera was utilized to record temperature variation during the exposure. The experimental results were then validated using a thermal-electric finite element model (FEM).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8207, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VIII, 820706 (9 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.909594
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Thu T. A. Nguyen, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Jeffrey W. Shupp, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
The Burn Ctr. at Washington Hospital Ctr. (United States)
Lauren T. Moffatt, The Burn Ctr. at Washington Hospital Ctr. (United States)
Marion H. Jordan, The Burn Ctr. at Washington Hospital Ctr. (United States)
James C. Jeng, The Burn Ctr. at Washington Hospital Ctr. (United States)
Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8207:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics VIII
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen; Andreas Mandelis; Kenton W. Gregory; Nikiforos Kollias; Hyun Wook Kang; Henry Hirschberg; Melissa J. Suter; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. Ilgner; Stephen Lam; Bodo E. Knudsen; Steen Madsen; E. Duco Jansen; Bernard Choi; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu; Haishan Zeng; Matthew Brenner; Krzysztof Izdebski, Editor(s)

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