Project

Numerical analysis and experimental study of the dynamics of the thermal processes in electric and magnetic local hyperthermia cancer therapies

Duration
01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Applied mathematics in specific fields
    • Classical physics
    • Optical physics
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Medical imaging and therapy
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Medical imaging and therapy
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Medical biotechnology
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
Keywords
biomedical devices numerical techniques optimization magnetic nanoparticles cancer therapy finite element analysis bio-electromagnetism
 
Project description

Thermotherapy consists in the local heating of tumors. Two possible thermotherapies are investigated: electric thermotherapy, i.e. injection of radiofrequent currents in the tumor using needles; magnetic thermotherapy, i.e. heating of magnetic nanoparticles due to external radiofrequent magnetic fields. In order to better understand and increase the efficacy of these techniques, a numerical analysis and an experimental study will be performed.