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Computational Modeling to Study the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias using Radiofrequency Ablation

A. González-Suárez[1], M. Trujillo[2], J. Koruth[3], A. D'Avila[3], E. Berjano[1]
[1]Biomedical Synergy, Electronic Engineering Department,Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[2]Instituto Universitario de Matemática Pura y Aplicada, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[3]Helmsley Cardiac Electrophysiology Center, Mt SinaiMedicalCenter and School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Previous studies proposed using bipolar radiofrequency ablation across two catheters placed on opposing surfaces of the ventricular wall to create transmural lesions. 2D and 3D models were built and solved with COMSOL Multiphysics software. With these models, it was possible to study the temperature distribution and lesion geometry (Figure), to compare the potential of two ways of applying ...

Particle Tracing: Analysis of Airborne Infection Risks in Operating Theatres

P. Apell[1], S. Hjalmarsson[1], T. Lindberg[1], I. Wernström[1], Y. Tarakonov[1], A. Erichsen Andersson[2], M. Karlsteen[1]
[1]Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
[2]Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Surgery and Intensive Care, Göteborg, Sweden

Patients undergoing surgery are sensitive to infections. The operation staff may spread 10^4 particles per person per minute, of which ten percent are presumed bacteria-carrying. We visualize the influence of the personnel on the air and particle flows for the two most common ventilation systems in Swedish hospitals using Comsol Multiphysics with particle tracing.. The Laminar Air flow ...

Electrical Response and Thermal Damage Assessment of Cutaneous and Subcutaneous Tissues to Noninvasive Radiofrequency Heating: A Computational Modeling Study

A. González-Suárez[1,2], J. N. Jimenez-Lozano[3], W. Franco[1]
[1]Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
[2]Biomedical Synergy, Electronic Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
[3]ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, USA

Electromagnetic radiofrequency (RF) sources are widely used to heat up cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues. The subcutaneous morphology of tissue consists of a fine, collagenous and fibrous septa network enveloping clusters of adipocyte cells; however, it is commonly regarded as a homogeneous fat layer in computational models. In the present study the objective is to assess the effect of the ...

Simulation of Transport of Lipophilic Compounds in Complex Cell Geometry

Q.A. Chaudhry[1], M. Hanke[1], and R. Morgenstern[2]
[1]School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

The mathematical modeling of the diffusion and reaction of toxic compounds in mammalian cells is tough task due to their very complex geometry. The heterogeneity of the cell, particularly the cytoplasm, and the variation of the cellular architecture, greatly affects the behavior of these toxic compounds. Homogenization techniques have been implemented for the numerical treatment of the model. ...

Modeling of the Impact of Blood Vessels Flow on the Temperature Distribution During Focused Ultrasound Exposure

K.C.P. Li, B.E. O'Neill, and E. Sassaroli
Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA

Focused ultrasound systems guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and thermometry have recently made possible the non-invasive thermal ablation of benign tumors such as uterine fibroids in clinical practice. Much more work is however required in order to make this technology available for the treatment of other forms of cancer. One of the major difficulties is associated with the presence of ...

Using Simulations to Evaluate the Proper Conditions of the in Vitro Culture of Bone Tissue

A. Kahlig[1], J. Hansmann[1], H. Walles[2], and T. Hirth[1]
[1]University Stuttgart, Institute for Interfacial Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer-Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Stuttgart, Germany

For the development of bioreactor systems, it is reasonable to develop working simulations, to avoid a lot \"trial-and-error\" experiments. Our research goal is the creation of functioning bone grafts for transplantation. Therefore stem cells get homogenously seeded into porous ceramic scaffolds. To evaluate the needed parameters, like perfusion pressure or the mechanical deformation of the ...

Drug Distribution in the Human Eye

L. Murtomäki[1], T. Kainuvaara[1]
[1]University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Drug therapy of the posterior segment of an eye is very challenging due to the difficult accessibility. Modern drugs often are large molecules, such as peptides, antibodies or oligonucleotides which are administrated, e.g. by intravitreous injections which requires clinical conditions. Computer modeling can be helpful in designing new and less invasive routes of drug administration. COMSOL is ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Electrode-Driven Renal Denervation for Hypertension Treatment - new

M. Miliani[1], F. Piccagli[1], C. Silvestro[1]
[1]Medtronic Invatec S.p.A., Roncadelle, Italy

Introduction: Chronic arterial hypertension (HTN) is a pathological condition characterized by prolonged high level of arterial blood pressure causing major damages to several human body apparata. Renal sympathetic denervation (RDN) has been found to effectively reduce systemic blood pressure. Metallic electrodes can be placed on an endovascular device connected to external radio frequency (RF) ...

Performance of a Miniaturized Hydrocyclone for the Isolation of Schistosoma Mansoni Eggs - new

C. Soares[1], N. Padoin[1], F. Montalvo[2], D. Cobra[2]
[1]Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
[2]CERTI Foundation, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

Schistosoma mansoni parasites affect million people worldwide. The intensity of the infection can be evaluated by the number of eggs present in the stool of an infected individual. The application of the traditional methods has been regarded as impractical in developing areas and there is a continuous search for new techniques. In face of this scenario, a new method of diagnosis was explored in ...

Validation of Measurement Strategies and Anisotropic Models Used in Electrical Reconstructions

R. Sadleir
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

We are developing approximations of electrically anisotropic materials for use in novel imaging methods. Our modeling work in COMSOL comprises comparisons of anisotropic and layered models in terms of electrical conductivities measured using different strategies. We tested solution stability in one anisotropic case by varying mesh anisotropy. In our case, good approximations to the true ...