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A Three-Dimensional Ultra-Wideband Microwave Method Based On Multiple Antennas For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

Funding: 2007: $146,786
2008: $125,073
2009: $110,000

Project Member(s): Sanagavarapu, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2007

Summary: Recognising the limitations of popular screening systems based on X-rays, ultra-wideband (UWB) microwave systems have been proposed for breast cancer detection as a complementary tool, and their potential has been demonstrated with monostatic, single-antenna methods. We will develop an advanced, multi-static, multi-antenna UWB microwave method to further enhance the cancer detection capabilities, and in particular, to detect tumours that are usually missed by current methods (e.g. those near the chest wall). The new 3-D antenna systems and processing methods (to focus microwaves and remove unwanted signals) developed in this project should lead to a low cost, patient-friendly, fast, wearable breast screening system.

Keywords: Ultrawideband Antenna, Electromagnetic Scattering, Microwave Imaging, Antenna Arrays, Microwave Technology, Breast cancer,

FOR Codes: Women's Health, Microwave and Millimetrewave Theory and Technology, Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Diagnostic Methods, Scientific Instruments, Antennas and Propagation