Computer Simulation/Practical Models for Human Thyroid Thermographic Imaging


We have demonstrated a successful computer model utilizing ANSIS software that is verified with a practical model using Infrared (IR) sensors. The simulation model incorporates the three heat transfer coefficients: conduction, convection, and radiation. While the conduction component was a major contributor to the simulation model, the other two coefficients have added to the accuracy and precision of the model. Convection heat allows for the influence of blood flow within the study, while the radiation aspect, sensed through IR sensors, links the practical model of the study. This study also compares simulation data with the applied model generated from IR probe sensors. These sensors formed an IR scanner that moved via servo mechanical system, tracking the temperature distribution within and around the thyroid gland. These data were analyzed and processed to produce a thermal image of the thyroid gland. The acquired data were then compared with an Iodine uptake scan for the same patients.

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Rizkalla, J. , Tilbury, W. , Helmy, A. , Suryadevara, V. , Rizkalla, M. and Holdmann, M. (2015) Computer Simulation/Practical Models for Human Thyroid Thermographic Imaging. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 8, 246-256. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2015.84024.

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