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Development and Validation of a Brain Phantom for Therapeutic Cooling Devices

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Ryan D.M. Packett

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wake Forest University 575 N. Patterson Ave. Suite 120 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
rpackett@wakehealth.edu

Philip Brown

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wake Forest University 575 N. Patterson Ave. Suite 120 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
phibrown@wakehealth.edu

Gautam S.S. Popli

Department of Neurology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Medical Center Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27104
gpopli@wakehealth.edu

F. Scott Gayzik

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wake Forest University 575 N. Patterson Ave. Suite 120 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
sgayzik@wakehealth.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036215 History: Received December 09, 2016; Revised March 06, 2017

Abstract

Tissue cooling is a viable therapy for multiple conditions and injuries, and has been applied to the brain to treat epilepsy and concussions, leading to improved long-term outcomes. To facilitate the study of temperature reduction as a function of various cooling methods, a thermal brain phantom was developed and analyzed. The phantom is composed of a potassium-neutralized, superabsorbent co-polymer hydrogel. The phantom was tested in a series of cooling trials using a cooling block and 37 deg. water representing non-directional blood flow ranging up to 6 GPH, a physiologically representative range based on the prototype volume. Results were compared against a validated finite difference (FD) model. Two sets of parameters were used in the FD model; one set to represent the phantom itself and a second set to represent brain parenchyma. The model was then used to calculate steady state cooling at a depth of 5 mm for all flow rates, for both the phantom and a model of the brain. This effort was undertaken to 1. validate the FD model against the phantom results and 2. evaluate how similar the thermal response of the phantom is to that of a perfused brain. The FD phantom model showed good agreement with the empirical phantom results. Furthermore the empirical phantom agreed with the predicted brain response within 2.5% at physiological flow, suggesting a biofidelic thermal response. The phantom will be used as a platform for future studies of thermally mediated therapies applied to the cerebral cortex.

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