Strain imaging of the breast by compression microwave imaging

Abbosh, A. and Crozier, S. (2010) Strain imaging of the breast by compression microwave imaging. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 9 1229-1232. doi:10.1109/LAWP.2011.2105238

Author Abbosh, A.
Crozier, S.
Title Strain imaging of the breast by compression microwave imaging
Journal name IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1536-1225
Publication date 2010-12
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1109/LAWP.2011.2105238
Volume 9
Start page 1229
End page 1232
Total pages 4
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher IEEE
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract A method that uses microwave pulses to achieve strain imaging of the breast is presented. In the proposed method, the breast is inserted in an enclosure that defines the boundary conditions for the breast deformation under the influence of external pressure. The upper plate of the enclosure, which also includes an antenna array, is attached to a compression tool, whereas the lower and the front plates are fixed. The breast is allowed to extend in the lateral direction when pressed by the top plate. Each of the antennas at the top plate is used to send an ultrawideband pulse to penetrate the breast and measure the backscattered pulse. Two sets of measurements are taken: one pre- and another post-compression of the breast. A sliding window of cross correlation is then performed on the two sets of data to establish the time delay of each segment of the scattered pulse due to compression. That time delay is then employed to get a three-dimensional strain image of the breast. As lesion tissue is typically much stiffer than normal breast tissue, then regions of low or zero strain indicate areas in need of further diagnostic checks. Full-wave simulations are used to validate the presented imaging method. © 2011 IEEE.
Keyword Breast cancer
Microwave imaging
Strain imaging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 5685252, pp. 1229-1232

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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