Microwave imaging systems and techniques for biomedical applications

Microwave imaging has recently emerged as a very promising technique for biomedical imaging. Indeed, the use of nonionizing radiation, which allows a continuous monitoring without health issues for patients and operators, and the possibility of using portable and relatively cheap devices are very important factors that are driving the development of ever new techniques and devices.

In this framework, breast cancer is one of the first pathologies that has been successfully considered. Brain stroke, which is a cerebrovascular disease that affects a very large percentage of people worldwide, especially in elder population, has also been addressd, with the aim of detecting and differentiating between ischemia (an interruption of the regular blood circulation inside the brain) and cerebral hemorrhage (which causes an abrupt blood perfusion inside brain). More recently, cervical pathologies affecting the neck have been also considered.

The topic of the present Thesis aims at developing and validating novel inversion techniques for obtaining images of the parts of the body of interest for the different pathologies, and at designing and testing measurement systems to collect the scattered-field data. The activity may also benefit from the cooperations with other national and international groups.

For further details and any other information, please contact Profs. Matteo Pastorino (matteo.pastorino@unige.it), Andrea Randazzo (andrea.randazzo@unige.it) and/or Alessandro Fedeli (alessandro.fedeli@unige.it).



Some cooperations:

  • DSPlab - University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
  • EMTensor - Vienna, Austria
  • Compagnia di San Paolo - Italy
  • University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy


Selected recent publications:

  • I. Bisio, C. Estatico, A. Fedeli, F. Lavagetto, M. Pastorino, A. Randazzo, and A. Sciarrone, “Variable-Exponent Lebesgue-Space Inversion for Brain Stroke Microwave Imaging,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 68, no. 5, pp. 1882-1895, May 2020.
  • A. Fedeli, V. Schenone, A. Randazzo, M. Pastorino, T. Henriksson, and S. Semenov, “S-Parameters Inversion for Stroke Imaging,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. Available as early access on IEEExplore.
  • C. Dachena, A. Fedeli, A. Fanti, M. B. Lodi, M. Pastorino, and A. Randazzo, "Microwave Imaging for the Diagnosis of Cervical Diseases: A Feasibility Analysis," IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology. Available as early access on IEEExplore.
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