Microwave Breast Tumor Sensing and Targeting Using Multiswarm Contrast-Agent-Loaded Bacterial Nanorobots

Y. Chen*, P. Kosmas

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Abstract

Previous work has shown that the directions and speeds of bio-compatible flagellated magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) could be guided along pre-planned paths deep inside the human body through external magnetic fields. Furthermore, a microwave contrast agent such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could be loaded onto MTB to alter the dielectric properties of tissues near the agent. Based on these two phenomena, we illustrate how multiple aggregations of MTB released into human breast can be tracked simultaneously and monitored using the differential microwave imaging (DMI) technique. We also present novel strategies to detect and localize a breast cancerous mass through the DMI-trackable bacterial propulsion and steering platform, and use an anatomically realistic breast model as a testbed to verify the feasibility of this breast cancer diagnostic technique.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTROMAGNETICS IN ADVANCED APPLICATIONS (ICEAA)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIEEE
Pages27-30
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-0335-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA) / IEEE-APS Topical Conference on Antennas and Propagation in Wireless Communications (IEEE APWC) / URSI Electromagnetic Environment and Interference Symposium (EEIS) - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sept 20127 Sept 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA) / IEEE-APS Topical Conference on Antennas and Propagation in Wireless Communications (IEEE APWC) / URSI Electromagnetic Environment and Interference Symposium (EEIS)
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
Period2/09/20127/09/2012

Keywords

  • DIELECTRIC-PROPERTIES
  • CANCER

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