Challenges in the Design of Microwave Imaging Systems for Breast Cancer Detection

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Among the various breast imaging modalities for breast cancer detection, microwave imaging is attractive due to the high contrast in dielectric properties between the cancerous and normal tissue. Due to this reason, this modality has received a significant interest and attention from the microwave community. This paper presents the survey of the ongoing research in the field of microwave imaging of biological tissues, with major focus on the breast tumor detection application. The existing microwave imaging systems are categorized on the basis of the employed measurement concepts. The advantages and disadvantages of the implemented imaging techniques are discussed. The fundamental tradeoffs between the various system requirements are indicated. Some strategies to overcome these limitations are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)91-96
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Terms—biomedical imaging
  • Microwave circuits
  • Microwave imaging
  • Medical diagnostic imaging
  • Microwave antennas

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