A wearable microwave antenna array for time-domain breast tumor screening

Authors: Porter, Emily; Bahrami, Hadi; Santorelli, Adam; Gosselin, BenoitRusch, Leslie; Popovic, Milica
Abstract: In this work, we present a clinical prototype with a wearable patient interface for microwave breast cancer detection. The long-term aim of the prototype is a breast health monitoring application. The system operates using multistatic time-domain pulsed radar, with 16 flexible antennas embedded into a bra. Unlike the previously reported, table-based prototype with a rigid cup-like holder, the wearable one requires no immersion medium and enables simple localization of breast surface. In comparison with the table-based prototype, the wearable one is also significantly more cost-effective and has a smaller footprint. To demonstrate the improved functionality of the wearable prototype, we here report the outcome of daily testing of the new, wearable prototype on a healthy volunteer over a 28-day period. The resulting data (both signals and reconstructed images) is compared to that obtained with our table-based prototype. We show that the use of the wearable prototype has improved the quality of collected volunteer data by every investigated measure. This work demonstrates the proof-of-concept for a wearable breast health monitoring array, which can be further optimized in the future for use with patients with various breast sizes and tissue densities.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 June 2016
Open Access Date: 14 September 2016
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/9888
This document was published in: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol. 35 (6), 1501 - 1509 (2016)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Alternative version: 10.1109/TMI.2016.2518489
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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