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NIH grants $750,000 to develop device to determine temperature of neonate's brain
Date:9/2/2007

whole-body cooling blankets or specially developed cooling caps. The goal of the therapy is to reduce the brain temperature by about four degrees centigrade. While cooling therapy has become more common, doctors must extrapolate the brains temperature by using a rectal thermometer. The rectal temperature can be off by as much as two degrees.

Thats not acceptable, said Bass.

Under the NIH grant, Bass, Meridian and a team of EVMS research scientists will exploit the fact that all human tissue emits energy at microwave frequencies. Those emissions can travel through tissue, but only for a few millimeters, depending on the frequency. As the tissues temperature rises, emissions increase.

By tabulating the frequency and strength of electromagnetic emissions emanating from the body, Meridian has developed a device that can measure the temperature of tissue a given distance below the skins surface, even through a babys skull.

The research team hopes to use this technology to develop a small, lightweight device that can be affixed to an infants head to detect electromagnetic emissions generated 15 millimeters below the surface, giving doctors the exact temperature of the childs brain.


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Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
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757-668-7554
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
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