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The Feasibility of Using Millimeter Wave Heating for Non-Invasive Measurement of Skin Blood Flow in Humans

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D. A. Nelson, S. J. Leavesley

University of South Alabama, Mobile, ALMillitherm, Inc., Spanish Fort, AL

G. T. Hamlin, J. M. Downey

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Paper No. SBC2013-14852, pp. V01AT07A026; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A non-contacting method to measure skin blood flow (SkBF) in human extremities that is both simple and accurate could be invaluable in the diagnosis and management of several clinical conditions. For excample, measurement of SkBF in the digit(s) can be useful in the diagnosis and management of Peripheral Arterial Disease, often associated with Type 2 diabetes (Petrofsky et al., 2008). Skin blood flow in the foot can be an indicator of successful infrainguinal revascularization surgery in patients with lower limb ischemia (Saucy et al., 2006; Yamada et al., 2008). Assessment of peripheral perfusion can be useful in determining hemodynamic stability of patients suffering from acute circulatory shock (Lima et al., 2009) or circulatory failure (Lima and Bakker, 2005).

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