Comparison of whole brain biophysical model predictions and MR thermometry measurements in healthy humans
Dongsuk Sung1, Benjamin B. Risk2, Peter A. Kottke3, Jason W. Allen1,4,5, Fadi Nahab5, Andrei G. Fedorov3,6, and Candace C. Fleischer1,4,6
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 2Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States, 3Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States, 4Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States, 5Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States, 6Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States
To advance our understanding of thermal dynamics in the human brain, a thermal modeling framework was previously developed to facilitate temperature predictions in the absence of clinical thermometry. Here, predicted brain temperatures using our fully conserved model were compared with MR thermometry in 21 healthy human subjects. Bland-Altman plots demonstrated agreement between predictions and MR-measurements for average temperature values, but some differences were observed at the lowest and highest temperatures. Regional variations were similar between predicted and measured temperatures. We anticipate our modeling framework will form the necessary baseline for predicting injury-induced brain temperature changes in patients.
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