Evaluation of Antenna Suitability for the Use in Radiomyography

TitleEvaluation of Antenna Suitability for the Use in Radiomyography
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
Refereed DesignationRefereed
AuthorsSipal, V, Browne, JE, McEvoy, P, Ammann, MJ
Conference NameLAPC - Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference
Conference Start Date11/11/2013
Conference LocationLoughborough, UK

In this paper the ability of three antenna structures to detect changes in the properties and thickness of a deep tissue layer is investigated. The envisioned application is radiomyography which aims to detect muscular activity by the means of electromagnetic waves coupled into the human body. The paper concludes that it is possible to detect changes in the thickness and the properties of the muscle solely by evaluating the reflection coefficient of an antenna structure. The ability to detect these changes strongly depends on the antenna type. Based on the exploration of three antennas types detecting changes in the muscular tissue behind 128 different combinations of skin and fat tissue, it is concluded that radiomyography should rely on resonating antenna structures rather than on travelling wave antennas.

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