This course will cover the fundamentals of temperature measurements under ultrasound exposures. The course is addressed to medical physics researchers, students, industry and clinicians working in medical ultrasound. The course is composed of 12 lectures divided in 4 modules. The lectures are provided by international experts in the field, coming from academia, clinics and metrology.
The videos have an average duration of 8 minutes. Although the whole course will provide a wide overview of the topic, the videos are independent and can be watched separately. At the end of each module there is a questionnaire which covers the most relevant aspects discussed in the videos.
The first module is introductory and discusses the general questions on why it is important to have an understanding of temperature increase during ultrasound exposure, and the main technical challenges to measure the temperature.
The second module covers the background with discussions about the regulatory framework, the exploitation of temperature increases in clinics and the role of simulations.
The third module covers laboratory measurements, using tissue mimicking materials as phantom components and as temperature sensors themselves. The
use of thermocouples and infrared camera, the two most common methods to measure temperature under ultrasound exposure.
The forth and last module introduces the two methods currently employed to measure temperature increase in clinics under ultrasound exposure, namely
magnetic resonance thermometry and ultrasound thermography.
The course was developed in the framework of the EURAMET EMPIR 18HLT06 RaCHy Project: Radiotherapy coupled with hyperthermia. This project has
received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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