Tissue Material Property and Lexicon

The thermal medicine community has developed commercially viable technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases, from atrial fibrillation to various types of cancer. But clinical acceptance and implementation of various advances has been irregular due to a lack of confidence in the technologies and varying rates of risk tolerances among clinical disciplines.

Ultimately, low adoption rates these new technologies translates to fewer patients receiving potentially life-saving treatments.
Members of ASME and the Society for Thermal Medicine discussed this topic and its issues, gaps, and hurdles at length and proposed that establishing standards in the following areas will stimulate confidence in new technologies among the clinical community:
  • Methods for validation
  • Terminology
  • Benchmarking of measurement for diagnostic tools
  • Thermal properties of healthy tissues
Current status
ASME formed the Thermal Medicine Standards Committee which will oversee initially two standards activities; to resolve the lack of consistent terminology within interdisciplinary teams to improve communication between the clinicians and engineers and to expand on the IT’IS Foundation Tissue Material Properties Database to include additional material properties and expansion of temperature dependent values for industry use.
Thermal Medicine Lexicon Subgroup - Developing a proposed Lexicon structure and collecting terms
Tissue Material Properties Subgroups - The Committee has identified eight material property groups and has assigned group leaders to continue to recruit subject matter experts.  A tissues material properties template has been created for the development of whitepapers.

Meetings and Events
Thermal Medicine Lexicon Subgroup - meets every 1 -2 months via teleconference.
Tissue Material Properties Subgroup - meets every 1 -2 months via teleconference.

For the latest information on committee meetings, please refer to the committee webpages.

Staff Contact
If you’re interested in learning more or participating in these activities, please contact Luis Pulgarin.

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