TAPERED LINEAR PHASED ARRAY FOR ULTRASOUND HYPERTHERMIA

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4752
Amount: $486,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Stephen A Goss
 Principal Investigator
 (217) 351-9112
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OVERALL GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT AND TO TEST A NOVEL ULTRASONIC TAPERED LINEAR PHASED ARRAY APPLICATOR FOR HYPERTHERMIA TREATMENT. SUCH AN APPLICATOR WILL ALLOW ELECTRONIC STEERING OF THE FOCUS ALONG A DESIRED PATH WITHOUT THE USE OF A MECHANICAL SCANNING SYSTEM; IT WILL ALSO REMAIN FIXED RELATIVE TO THE PATIENT, MAKING COUPLING EASIER. THE APPLICATOR WILL BE COMPUTER CONTROLLEDSUCH THAT THE SCAN PATH AND/OR INTENSITY CAN BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME DURING TREATMENT TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT UNIFORM TEMPERATURE. SUCH A SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTROLLED LOCAL HYPERTHERMIA TREATMENT OF DEEP-SEATED TUMORS. EACH ELEMENT OF THE PHASED ARRAY APPLICATOR (64 IN ALL) WILL BE DRIVEN BY A MODULAR HIGH- POWER-MULTICHANNEL RF GENERATOR SIMILAR TO THAT USED IN THE URI THERM-X, INC. SONOTHERM 1000 ULTRASOUND HYPERTHERMIA SYSTEM. INITIAL TESTING OF THE APPLICATOR WILL CONSIST OF EXPERIMENTALLY ACQUIRING FIELD PLOTS AND COMPARING THEM TO THE THEORETICALLY PREDICTED PLOTS. WHEN THE EXPERIMENTAL PHASED ARRAY APPLICATOR IS GENERATING FIELDS AS EXPECTED THEORETICALLY AND THESE FIELDS SEEM TO BE ADEQUATE FOR HYPERTHERMIA APPLICATIONS, TESTS ON PHANTOMS WILL BE INITIATED. FINALLY, THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROTOTYPE APPLICATOR THAT ELECTRONICALLY SCANS ITS FOCUS WILL BE COMPARED TO THAT OF A MECHANICALLY SCANNED, FIXED FOCUS APPLICATOR FOR VARIOUS SCAN PATTERNS. IF THE PROPOSED PROTOTYPE ULTRASONIC PHASED ARRAY APPLICATOR EXHIBITS HEATING PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL COMMENSURATE WITH CLINICAL NEEDS, PHASE II DEVELOPMENT WILL BE DEVOTED TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND ANIMAL TESTING OF A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM IN PREPARATION FOR TRIALS.

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