Development of a Thermographic Skin Blood Flowmetry System
Skin blood flow rates provide important information for the diagnosis and prognosis of peripheral vascular disorders. However, non-invasive blood flowmetry of the skin has not been developed fully. It is evident that medical thermograms include skin blood flow information,1 and the aim of this report is to develop a method to convert information from the thermogram to local blood flow rates. In order to develop a thermographie skin blood flowmetry system, the following problems must be solved:
Construction of a mathematical model to analyze heat conduction of the skin.
Evaluation of the model by animal experiments and clinical cases.
Installation of the model within a micro-computer system.
KeywordsHeat Flux Skin Temperature Blood Flow Rate Skin Blood Flow Metabolic Heat Production
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