A review of engineering approaches for lymphedema detection Article

Rincon, K, Shah, P, Ramella-Roman, J et al. (2016). A review of engineering approaches for lymphedema detection . 9 79-90. 10.1109/RBME.2016.2582178

cited authors

  • Rincon, K; Shah, P; Ramella-Roman, J; Bhansali, S


  • Edema is a condition characterized by excessive swelling of a tissue due to an abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid in the subcutaneous tissue. More specifically, disruption of the lymphatic system causes what is known as lymphedema. This condition is commonly seen in breast cancer survivors postradiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy, and surgeries; this population has shown high risk of developing lymphedema in the limbs. Throughout the years, several techniques have been developed and implemented for the detection and measurement of lymphedema, including techniques to measure the diseased limb volume, electrical techniques to measure the water content in tissues, and optical techniques to measure either tissue absorbance or limb volume. However, there is still no method that allows for continuous monitoring of the disease and provides a better understanding of its progression. This study describes the different approaches that have been used and that could be used for lymphedema measurement.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016

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start page

  • 79

end page

  • 90


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