Focused Microwave Thermotherapy in Musculoskeletal Disease; A Simulation Study
We aimed to investigate about the feasibility of focused microwave thermotherapy in musculoskeletal disorders.
The simulation test using electrical phantom model of musculoskeletal system was performed. The electrical pathologic
phantom model was developed using electrical property data of musculoskeletal tissues. Simulation of microwave focusing
and investigation about the focal thermal increase in the target area were performed on the model. The power absorption
density was used to analyze focused thermal increase at the target area. In results, the temperature was increased to 43oC at
the pathologic target area, and it took 2 minutes. In conclusion, we had found the possibility of application of the focused
microwave thermal therapy in musculoskeletal disorders. In future, the focused microwave therapy might be one of the noninvasive
treatment tool in musculoskeletal disease such as osteoarthritis or tendinitis.
Keywords- microwave, focusing, thermotherapy, musculoskeletal