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Evaluating Accuracy of Digital Thermometers Using a Tissue Phantom Mimicking Normal and Fever Environments1

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Oleg Vesnovsky, Jon P. Casamento, Laurence W. Grossman

Center for Devices and Radiological Health,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Liang Zhu

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
Baltimore, MD 21250

L. D. Timmie Topoleski

Center for Devices and Radiological Health,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Silver Spring, MD 20993;
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
Baltimore, MD 21250

DOI: 10.1115/1.4033204Manuscript received March 1, 2016; final manuscript received March 17, 2016; published online May 12, 2016. Editor: William Durfee.

J. Med. Devices 10(2), 020913 (May 12, 2016) (3 pages) Paper No: MED-16-1153; doi: 10.1115/1.4033204 History: Received March 01, 2016; Revised March 17, 2016

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Fig. 1

Experimental setup of arm phantoms

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Fig. 2

A store brand thermometer and a reference thermometer are placed together inside a disposable sheath

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Fig. 3

Temperature difference between the store brand thermometers' prediction and that by the reference thermometer at different times, (Tstore brand− Treference). Top: normal, middle: modest fever, and bottom: high fever.

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Thermal equilibrium temperatures measured by the reference thermometer and the temperatures predicted by store brand A thermometers when measured at different time instants

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