Therapeutic Heat, Electromagnetic and Electrochemical Treatment
Phil Kinnane March 30, 2012
A couple of days ago I blogged about the team at Lahey Clinic who are using COMSOL Multiphysics to model their neuromodulation therapy of patients. In their example, they place electrodes close to the spine and, through electric current, stimulate the area around these electrodes to relieve back pain. The reason why modeling is important for them is because it’s quite difficult to actually access these treatments to measure their effectiveness and possible detriments.
I thought I would take this opportunity to mention a few other resources for this and similar types of treatments.
This all goes to show the usefulness of COMSOL Multiphysics. None of the team members at Lahey were traditional finite element modelers. Yet COMSOL’s intuitiveness was enough to get them started and help them incorporate the physics they required. And while this group works with the application of basically DC electric fields, others may have alternate physics that need to be applied, as some of these extra examples below show.
- This example calculates the heating that occurs during microwave coagulation therapy
- Joule heating is used in this example to bring tumors to a critical temperature
- While this one involves the application of direct current but in order to create chemicals through electrochemical reactions, and provide treatment in that way