Computational method to predict esophageal temperature elevations during pulmonary vein isolation.

@article{Musat2010ComputationalMT,
  title={Computational method to predict esophageal temperature elevations during pulmonary vein isolation.},
  author={Dan L. Musat and Emad F. Aziz and Jayanthi N. Koneru and Aysha Arshad and Ganesh S Kamath and Suneet Mittal and Jonathan S Steinberg},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2010},
  volume={33 10},
  pages={1239-48}
}
BACKGROUND The esophagus is in close proximity to the posterior wall of the left atrium, which renders it susceptible to thermal injury during radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF). Real-time assessment of esophageal position and temperature (T°) during pulmonary vein (PV) isolation has not been extensively explored. OBJECTIVE To develop a protocol that allows estimation of the potential for, and avoidance of, esophageal heating. METHODS In consecutive… CONTINUE READING
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