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M. Särestöniemi et al., "Breast Cancer Detection Feasibility with UWB Flexible Antennas on Wearable Monitoring Vest," 2022 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops), 2022, pp. 751-756, doi: 10.1109/PerComWorkshops53856.2022.9767512

Breast cancer detection feasibility with UWB flexible antennas on wearable monitoring vest

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Author: Särestöniemi, Mariella1; Reponen, Jarmo2; Sonkki, Marko3;
Organizations: 1Research unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu
2Research unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Centre for Wireless Communications University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Microelectronics research unit University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Purdue University, Purdue, USA
6Research unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022062048053
Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-20
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Abstract

This paper presents a study on a monitoring vest embedded with multiple flexible ultrawideband (UWB) antenna elements used for detection of possible breast cancer tissue. The cancer detection is based on identifying differences in the UWB radio channel characteristics between several on-body antennas located around the breast. The antennas are small-sized, made of flexible material, operating at whole UWB band as well as in the ISM 2.4 GHz band, thus can be used in portable telemedicine applications. Additionally, the paper presents realistic simulation results on the impact of the cancer tissue on the signal propagation and channel characteristics at different frequency ranges using an anatomical voxel model. The simulations are carried out using electromagnetic simulation software CST Studio Suite, including power flow analysis and radio channel evaluations. The results show that, such as, tumor of size 1 cm causes a clear difference in a signal propagation through a breast tissue, which can be seen in a power flow variation in the vicinity of the cancerous area. This can be also seen both in frequency and time domain channel characteristics between different on-body antennas. The promising results show that flexible UWB antenna vest could be developed for self-monitoring of breast health and initial detection of breast cancers.

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ISBN: 978-1-6654-1647-4
ISBN Print: 978-1-6654-1648-1
Pages: 751 - 756
DOI: 10.1109/PerComWorkshops53856.2022.9767512
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1109/PerComWorkshops53856.2022.9767512
Host publication: 2022 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops), 21-25 March 2022, Pisa, Italy
Conference: IEEE Annual Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom)
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 217 Medical engineering
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Funding: This research is funded by Academy of Finland Profi6 funding, 6G-Future Sustainable Society (University of Oulu), which is greatly acknowledged.
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