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Abstract #4147

Development of a first principles-based model of brain thermoregulation and initial validation with MR chemical shift thermometry

Dongsuk Sung1, Peter A. Kottke2, Jason W. Allen3,4, Fadi Nahab4, Andrei G. Fedorov2,5, and Candace C. Fleischer1,3,5
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 2Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States, 3Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States, 4Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States, 5Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States

Brain temperature regulation is a key parameter after injury and ischemia. Experimental magnetic resonance (MR)-based thermometry is promising but not always clinically feasible. To complement MR thermometry measures, an improved thermal model of the brain based on first principles has been developed that rigorously ensures energy conservation in thermally interacting brain domains. As initial validation, a temperature map was generated using our model with MR angiography (MRA) and structural MR imaging (MRI) data, and compared with experimental chemical shift thermometry (CST) in the same subject. Biophysical models provide further insight into brain thermoregulation by complementing experimental thermometry measurements.

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