Prediction of brain tissue temperature using near-infrared spectroscopy

  • Holper L
  • Mitra S
  • Bale G
  • et al.
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© 2017 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can provide an endogenous indicator of tissue temperature based on the temperature dependence of the water absorption spectrum. We describe a first evaluation of the calibration and prediction of brain tissue temperature obtained during hypothermia in newborn piglets (animal dataset) and rewarming in newborn infants (human dataset) based on measured body (rectal) temperature. The calibration using partial least squares regression proved to be a reliable method to predict brain tissue temperature with respect to core body temperature in the wavelength interval of 720 to 880 nm with a strong mean predictive power of R2=0.713±0.157 (animal dataset) and R2=0.798±0.087 (human dataset). In addition, we applied regression receiver operating characteristic curves for the first time to evaluate the temperature prediction, which provided an overall mean error bias between NIRS predicted brain temperature and body temperature of 0.436±0.283°C (animal dataset) and 0.162±0.149°C (human dataset). We discuss main methodological aspects, particularly the well-known aspect of over- versus underestimation between brain and body temperature, which is relevant for potential clinical applications.




Holper, L., Mitra, S., Bale, G., Robertson, N., & Tachtsidis, I. (2017). Prediction of brain tissue temperature using near-infrared spectroscopy. Neurophotonics, 4(2), 021106.

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