Experimental Microwave Breast Cancer Detection with Oil-in-Gelatin Phantom

TitleExperimental Microwave Breast Cancer Detection with Oil-in-Gelatin Phantom
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
Refereed DesignationRefereed
AuthorsRuvio, G, Solimene, R, Cuccaro, A, Browne, JE, Gaetano, D, Ammann, MJ
Conference NameInternational Conference Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications
Conference Start Date09/09/2013
PublisherInstitute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers Antennas and Propagation Society & URSI
Conference LocationTorino, Italy

Breast phantoms based on oil-in-gelatine emulsions can reproduce the electric properties of various normal and malignant breast tissues. They comprise materials which contain varying percentages of a solution of 50% kerosene, 50% safflower oil and gelatine, providing a wide range of dielectric properties [1]. A breast phantom was manufactured in order to reproduce heterogeneous and anthropomorphic structures with stable mechanical and electromagnetic properties (Fig. 1a). The dispersive behavior of skin, adipose, fibro-connective, fibro-glandular and tumor properties was measured over a large frequency range spanning from 500 MHz to 4 GHz using a coaxial probe (Fig. 1b). The detection of a 5-mm diameter tumor was evaluated through a printed monopole antenna that scanned the phantom in a mono-static radar configuration.

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