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Abstract #2640

An investigation of skin/skin contact RF burns

Michael C Steckner1 and Xin Chen1

1Toshiba Medical Research Institute, Mayfield Village, OH, United States

Third degree RF burns at skin/skin contact points have been reported. A thermal dose injury mechanism is widely assumed and thermal modeling results based on a well-documented calf burn report are presented. A hotspot ratio (Local:Whole Body SAR) of 86 results in various arbitrary CEM43 defined thresholds being exceeded after a few minutes of inadvertent skin/skin contact. The results support the hypothesis that skin/skin contact thermal injury burns are possible after several minutes of routine clinical scanning.

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