Multiple Frequency Microwave Ablation
Hulsey, Robert W.
CommitteeDonohoe, J. Patrick
In recent years, microwave ablation therapy has become widely investigated as an alternative treatment to cancer. This method is one of the newest forms of ablation techniques for the removal of tumors and is minimally invasive compared to alternative treatments. One drawback to many of the current microwave ablation systems is the narrowband nature of the antennas used for the probe, such as dipole antennas. This study aims to compare ablation results of both ultra-wideband and narrowband ablation techniques. An ultra-wideband ablation probe is designed that operates from 400MHz to 2.6GHz and are compared to two designed narrowband ablation probes that operate at 915MHz and 2.4GHz, respectively. These ablation probes are tested in tissue mimicking gels and porcine liver. Provided results for this thesis will include probe designs, simulation results, and ablation experiments.