Hyperthermia, magnetic nanoparticles, temperature distribution, specific absorption rate


In this dissertation a study of enhanced hyperthermia for cancer treatment through the use of magnetic nanoparticles is presented. Hyperthermia has been in use for many years, as a potential alternative method in cancer treatment, and high frequency microwave radiation has been used successfully to raise the tumor temperature to around 42°C in superficial tumors without causing damage to surrounding healthy tissues. Magnetic fluid hyperthermia involves the use of magnetic nanoparticles injected into the tumor before exposure to microwave radiation. The magnetic energy in the nanoparticles is converted into heat allowing for a more rapid rise of temperature in the tumor to the desired level. In addition, the nanoparticles allow the electromagnetic absorption to be focused in the tumor and can be used to treat deep tumors in organs, such as the liver. Iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles were considered for this study as they are non-toxic and bio-compatible. For the case of breast cancer, the values for the temperature and specific absorption rate (SAR) in the tumor and in the healthy tissue were obtained through simulations and validated by measurement done on phantom models. Various characteristics of the nanoparticles such as radius, magnetic susceptibility and concentration were considered. In order to take the effect of the blood flow, which causes cooling and helps maintain the body temperature, various blood perfusion rates for a tumor in the liver were studied. A human male model in SEMCAD X, in which blood flow can be adjusted, was used for simulations. The tumor was injected with the nanoparticles and the change in temperature upon exposure to electromagnetic radiation was observed. The simulated results were compared with measured results on a liver phantom model in which saline solution was used to model blood flow. There was good agreement between the measured and simulated results.


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Wahid, Parveen


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


College of Engineering and Computer Science


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Degree Program

Electrical Engineering








Release Date

May 2015

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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until May 2015; it will then be open access.