Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 126–133 | Cite as

Temperature and perfusion responses of muscle and lung tissue during chronic heatingin vivo

  • G. M. Saidel
  • C. R. Davies
  • E. H. Liu
  • H. Harasaki


For the first time, both temperature and perfusion responses have been obtained from in vivo studies of chronically heated lung and muscle tissue of calves. In each tissue, the spatial temperature distribution was measured by thermistors placed in needles at several distances from an implanted heated disc. A perfusion parameter was defined for a bioheat transfer model that describes temperature dynamics with distance from the heated disc. Estimates of perfusion were obtained by a least-squares fit of the model output to a step change in heat flux. Except for short transient experiments several times a week, a constant heaf flux of 0.04, 0.06 or 0.08 W cm−2 was maintained at the disc surface for up to seven weeks. At the higher heat fluxes, the steady-state tissue temperature decreased with heating duration. Also, the characteristic time constants of the tissues decreased with heating duration. Muscle perfusion showed a statisticaly significant increase during chronic heating. Tissue adapts to chronic heating above 42°C by allowing more capillary blood flow that increases heat loss to reduce tissue temperature.


Chronic heat adaptation Perfusion Heat-induced angiogenesis Temperature dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Saidel
    • 1
  • C. R. Davies
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. H. Liu
    • 1
  • H. Harasaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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