Solutions for improving the outcomes of thermal treatments in oncology: Multi-point temperature monitoring

Emiliano Schena, Carlo Massaroni, Paola Saccomandi, Jacques Marescaux, Michele Diana, Guido Costamagna, Daniele Tosi

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Over the last few decades, minimally invasive treatments have gained large interest as alternative to surgical resection. Among others, thermal treatments have broad clinical acceptance for treating a number of solid tumors. In this context, the knowledge of temperature during the treatment may be useful to improve the clinical outcomes. The aim of this work is to assess the feasibility of two multipoint probes for temperature monitoring during laser ablation (LA). The probe consists of a medical needle which embeds an array of 7 fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. Experiments, performed in in vivo animal model (pig liver), show that the probe is able to reach deep organs and gives the possibility to monitor the tissue temperature in several points. This information may be crucial to guide the clinicians in the optimization of treatment settings, as well as to improve the accuracy of theoretical models that will guide future study to design new heating device and to develop patient-specific treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE SENSORS 2017 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509010127
Publication statusPublished - Dec 21 2017
Event16th IEEE SENSORS Conference, ICSENS 2017 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Oct 30 2017Nov 1 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
ISSN (Print)1930-0395
ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


Conference16th IEEE SENSORS Conference, ICSENS 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Minimally invasive treatments
  • fiber Bragg grating sensors
  • fiber optic sensors
  • laser ablation
  • temperature monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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