Raquel Cruz Conceicao, Johan Jacob Mohr, Martin O’Halloran
This digital book An Introduction to Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Diagnosis is a collection of past and present research on one of the most promising new modalities for breast cancer detection. The document is available in PDF format. Students of medicine will learn how microwave imaging, either by itself as a technology or in concert with another modality, has the potential to provide safe, reliable, and comfortable breast exams at a very low cost. X-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography are the four imaging modalities that are now used to examine breasts. Each of these approaches has some drawbacks, such as low sensitivity or specificity, a high price tag, uncomfortable side effects for the patient, and the possibility of being exposed to potentially dangerous ionizing radiation. Imaging of the breast with microwaves relies on a contrast in the dielectric characteristics of breast tissue that is present at frequencies associated with microwaves.
In the first part of the book, the author examines the anatomy and dielectric characteristics of the breast, comparing and contrasting historical findings with more contemporary ones. Next, we will go through the methods that are used in radar-based breast imaging, which includes both early-stage artifact removal as well as data-independent and adaptive beamforming algorithms. In a manner analogous to this, the subsequent chapter discusses microwave tomographic reconstruction algorithms, providing the reader with an overview of both the fundamental and more complex procedures. In addition to imaging, the book examines research efforts in extracting therapeutically meaningful information from the Radar Target Signature of breast cancers. This signature is used to categorize tumors as either benign or malignant. Imaging is just one of the topics covered in the book. Finally, the book comes to a close by providing a description of the present state of the art in terms of prototype microwave breast imaging systems. The author places a particular emphasis on those systems that have reached the clinical assessment stage of development.
This effort is driven by the fact that breast cancer is the second most frequent form of cancer in the world today and is one of the top causes of mortality among women in the United States and Europe. Because it’s such an important topic of research, there will be a lot of academics and professionals interested in it.
Please take note that the PDF version of An Introduction to Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection is the only one included in this ebook.