Simulation with forced topical cooling
During an open heart surgery with forced topical cooling the cooling
liquid is kept at the same temperature of 0.2oC using the
special cooling device. By keeping the constant temperature of the
cooling liquid the heart is cooled faster than without forced topical cooling, but some
tissues may get damaged.
The initial temperatures were the following:
|the chest tissue
|the heart tissue
|the cooling liquid
|the surrounding air
The following animation shows the heat transfer of 55 simulated
Click on the image to repeat the animated sequence.