Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Medical Selectively raising or lowering the temperature of certain organs

  1. Dec 17, 2011 #1
    I was thinking the other day on whether there are any medical procedures that involve raising or lowering the temperature of a solitary organ. I know controlled temperature changes are mostly safe and useful for certain conditions. It seems that this could be useful for doing it to one particular organ where doing it to the entire body could be otherwise dangerous. This seems to be an extreme measure to take but is it plausible? Is there anything that this could possibly treat?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 22, 2011 #2
    localized hyperthermia therapy is a common technique for treating solid tumours
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook