Validation of thermal techniques for measurement of pelvic organ blood flows in the nonpregnant sheep: Comparison with transit-time ultrasonic and microsphere measurements of blood flow

Nigel J. Randall, Richard W. Beard, Ian A. Sutherland, Jorge P. Figueroa, Cor J. Drost, Peter W. Nathanielsz

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Abstract

Data obtained from a thermal system capable of measuring changes in organ temperature as well as ussue thermal clearance in the uterus and vagina have been compared with blood flow measured continuously with a transit-time ultrasound volume-flow sensor placed around the common internal iliac artery and intermittently with radioactive microspheres in the chronically instrumented nonpregnant sheep. Temperature changes in both the uterus and the vagina correlated well with blood flow changes measured by both techniques after intravenous administration of estradiol or norepinephrine. Thermal clearance did not correlate well with blood flow in the vagina or uterus. These methods may have value in the investigation of blood flow patterns in various clinical situations such as the pelvic pain syndrome and early pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-658
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume158
Issue number3 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • blood flow
  • estrogens
  • Pelvic blood flow
  • thermal techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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