A two-equation coupled system model for determination of liver tissue temperature during radio frequency ablation.
O'Neill DP., Peng T., Payne SJ.
A model is presented that is an alternative approach to the bio-heat equation for use in radio frequency heating of the liver. The model comprises both a tissue subvolume and a blood subvolume. Separate bio-heat equations are determined for each subvolume, but with an additional term exchanging heat between them, thus creating a coupled system. The derivation for the two coupled differential equations is outlined and sample simulations are presented to demonstrate the importance of considering the two subvolumes separately, even when the blood subvolume is a small fraction of the tissue subvolume.