Microwave Radiometry (MWR) temperature measurement is related to symptom severity in patients with Low Back Pain (LBP)

A.V. Tarakanov, A.A. Tarakanov, S. Vesnin, V.V. Efremov, I. Goryanin, N. Roberts

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Abstract

Microwave Radiometry (MWR) has the advantage that measurements of internal (i.e. deep) tissue temperature may be obtained non-invasively by measuring naturally emitted radiation in GHz range. The goal of the present study is to further the development of MWR for clinical application in assessment of patients with Low Back Pain (LBP). In particular, a protocol was developed in which MWR was used to measure internal temperature at the level of the spinous processes of the L1 to L5 vertebral bodies along median and left and right para-vertebral lines. The protocol was used to study 48 patients with clinically confirmed acute or sub-acute LBP and 27 Controls. Analysis revealed there to be a significant increase in deep tissue temperature with increasing pain severity as measured by using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) in patients with LBP (p 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-552
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume26
Early online date17 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Internal temperature
  • Low Back Pain (LBP)
  • Microwave Radiometry (MWR)
  • Pain severity

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