Title: An overview of radar based ultra wideband breast cancer detection algorithms

Authors: Jianqi Teo, Yifan Chen, Cheong Boon Soh, Erry Gunawan, Kay Soon Low, Thomas Choudary Putti, Shih-Chang Wang

Addresses: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. ' School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB, UK; School of Computer, Electronics and Information, Guangxi University, China. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. ' Department of Pathology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Department of Pathology, National University Hospital, Level 3, NUH Main Building, 5, Lower Kent Ridge Road, 119074, Singapore. ' Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Australia; Department of Radiology, Westmead Hospital, Australia; Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, Hawkesbury Road, Westmead NSW, Australia

Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in almost all countries around the world, and is one of the most common non-infective causes of death. Mammography, which uses ionising radiation, is the only early breast cancer screening technique proven to reduce breast cancer mortality in randomised controlled clinical trials. However, screening mammography is expensive, technically demanding and requires a high level of clinical expertise. It cannot be performed in general medical clinical settings readily. Ultra wideband (UWB) or microwave breast screening has the potential to be a safe, accurate and easy-to-use technique for breast disease detection that is more effective than routine clinical palpation or breast self-examination. Ultra wideband breast cancer detection algorithms have been researched by several groups for over a decade, with numerous algorithms reported. This paper serves to give an overview of existing algorithms for UWB breast cancer detection.

Keywords: breast lesions; lesion classification; ultra wideband systems; radar based UWB; breast cancer detection; microwave breast screening; UWB breast screening.

DOI: 10.1504/IJUWBCS.2010.034308

International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems, 2010 Vol.1 No.4, pp.273 - 281

Published online: 31 Jul 2010 *

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