Virtual Thermal Ablation in the Head and Neck using COMSOL Multiphysics

U. Topaloglu[1], Y. Yan[2], P. Novak[2], P. Spring[3], J. Suen[3], and G. Shafirstein[3]
[1] Department of Information Technology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
[2]Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
[3]Department of Otolaryngology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Thermal ablation in the head and neck requires accurate thermal dose delivery to target tissue while protecting the structure and function of nearby tissue and organs. In this study, we present a method that allows importing Computed Tomography (CT) scans to COMSOL, in order to model accurately the expected pathological outcomes prior to thermal ablation treatment.

Thermal ablation of a virtual tumor was performed for a conductive interstitial thermal therapy (CITT) device. Importing images of anatomical structures into COMSOL allows for a reliable model of heat distribution during thermal ablation of targeted tissue.

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