Low-frequency dosimetry is commonly assessed by evaluating the electric field in the human body using the scalar potential finite difference method. This method is effective only when the sources of the magnetic field are completely known and the magnetic vector potential can be analytically computed. The aim of the paper is to present a rigorous method to characterize the source term when only the magnetic flux density is available at discrete points, e.g. in case of field measurements. The method is based on the solution of the discrete magnetic curl equation. The system is restricted to the independent set of magnetic fluxes and circulations of magnetic vector potential using the topological information of the computational mesh. The solenoidality of the magnetic flux density is preserved using a divergence-free interpolator based on vector radial basis functions. The analysis of a benchmark problem shows that the complexity of the proposed algorithm is linearly dependent on the number of elements with a controllable accuracy. The method proposed in this paper also proves to be useful and effective when applied to a real world scenario, where the magnetic flux density is measured in proximity of a power transformer. A 8 million voxel body model is then used for the numerical dosimetric analysis. The complete assessment is completed in less than 5 min, that is more than acceptable for these problems.

Numerical assessment of low-frequency dosimetry from sampled magnetic fields / Freschi, Fabio; Giaccone, Luca; Cirimele, Vincenzo; Canova, Aldo. - In: PHYSICS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY. - ISSN 0031-9155. - ELETTRONICO. - 63:1(2018). [10.1088/1361-6560/aa9915]

Numerical assessment of low-frequency dosimetry from sampled magnetic fields

Freschi, Fabio;Giaccone, Luca;Cirimele, Vincenzo;Canova, Aldo
2018

Abstract

Low-frequency dosimetry is commonly assessed by evaluating the electric field in the human body using the scalar potential finite difference method. This method is effective only when the sources of the magnetic field are completely known and the magnetic vector potential can be analytically computed. The aim of the paper is to present a rigorous method to characterize the source term when only the magnetic flux density is available at discrete points, e.g. in case of field measurements. The method is based on the solution of the discrete magnetic curl equation. The system is restricted to the independent set of magnetic fluxes and circulations of magnetic vector potential using the topological information of the computational mesh. The solenoidality of the magnetic flux density is preserved using a divergence-free interpolator based on vector radial basis functions. The analysis of a benchmark problem shows that the complexity of the proposed algorithm is linearly dependent on the number of elements with a controllable accuracy. The method proposed in this paper also proves to be useful and effective when applied to a real world scenario, where the magnetic flux density is measured in proximity of a power transformer. A 8 million voxel body model is then used for the numerical dosimetric analysis. The complete assessment is completed in less than 5 min, that is more than acceptable for these problems.
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