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CHAPTER 8

Image-Guided Cancer Thermal Therapies

Extensive investigation of the biological effects of therapeutic heating has led to translation and clinical use of energy-based thermal therapy technologies for cancer treatment. Current clinical applications of therapeutic heating include mild hyperthermia as an adjuvant to ionizing radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy, and thermal ablation for stand-alone treatment of unresectable tumors. This chapter reviews the biological rationale for thermal therapies, introduces the basic concepts of thermal dosimetry, provides an in-depth review of the various energy modalities that have been investigated for delivering thermal therapy, and describes the integration of thermal therapy delivery technologies with imaging systems.

Publication details


Print publication date
02 Jun 2017
Copyright year
2017
Print ISBN
978-1-78262-788-3
PDF eISBN
978-1-78801-037-5
ePub eISBN
978-1-78801-168-6
From the book series:
Smart Materials Series