Thermo-dielectric breast phantom for experimental studies of microwave hyperthermia

Nguyen, P. T., Abbosh, A. M. and Crozier, S. (2016) Thermo-dielectric breast phantom for experimental studies of microwave hyperthermia. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 15 476-479. doi:10.1109/LAWP.2015.2453432

Author Nguyen, P. T.
Abbosh, A. M.
Crozier, S.
Title Thermo-dielectric breast phantom for experimental studies of microwave hyperthermia
Journal name IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1536-1225
Publication date 2016-02-29
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1109/LAWP.2015.2453432
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Start page 476
End page 479
Total pages 4
Place of publication Piscataway, NJ United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Language eng
Abstract An artificial breast phantom that has realistic dielectric and thermal properties is presented. The phantom aims at enabling the experimental validation of microwave hyperthermia treatment for breast cancer. To perform credible breast hyperthermia experiments, the phantom should emulate both of the dielectric (permittivity and conductivity) and thermal properties (specific heat capacity and thermal conductivity) of different breast tissues with the correct anatomy. The main challenge in fabricating such a phantom is in developing suitable mixtures of materials to emulate those properties across the frequency band of interest in hyperthermia and to fabricate the phantom with realistic anatomy. For anatomical accuracy, a patient-specific MRI model is utilized in a three-dimensional printer, which is used to cast molds of the different breast tissues. Those molds are then filled with tissue-mimicking chemicals, which are formed using low-cost and stable materials. Once fabricated, the dielectric properties are measured using a dielectric probe, while the thermal properties are measured using a differential scanning calorimeter. Our measurements confirm the suitability of the fabricated breast phantom across the band 3-5 GHz, which is the suitable band for microwave hyperthermia.
Keyword Microwave hyperthermia
Microwave imaging
Realistic breast phantom
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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