Data Visualization Strategies for Computer Simulation in Bioelectromagnetics

Data Visualization Strategies for Computer Simulation in Bioelectromagnetics

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7368-5.ch022
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Bioelectromagnetics is a branch of science that examines how living organisms interact with electromagnetic fields. In a broader sense, it is a discipline that spans the fields of signal processing, electromagnetics, medical imaging, physiology, medical physics, anatomy, occupational and environmental health, behavioral, and computer sciences. Due to its provision of interactive and flexible programming environment, this chapter describes a LabVIEW-based data visualization system that has been implemented and used in bioelectromagnetics simulations. The graphical nature of the LabVIEW programming environment makes it very easy to create a sophisticated application in a minimum amount of time, especially when compared to designing graphical user interfaces in a low-level programming language.
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Bioelectromagnetics is the field that depicts the interaction of electromagnetic (EMW) waves with biological systems (Furse et al., 2009). The Common core area of study in bioelectromagnetics includes the study of the interactions between electromagnetic waves and human tissue. Recent advances in computational techniques have made it easier to assess the EMW behavior within the exposed biological tissue model numerically.

Computational techniques are extremely powerful for solving bioelectromagnetic problems and have been successfully employed in the modelling of microwave applicators used in hyperthermia (Polk & Postow, 1995; Maruyama et al., 2006), calculating electromagnetic signal absorption in human body models (Reyhani & Ludwig, 2006), and for dosimetry of mobile handhelds (Lin, 2006).

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