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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 613409, 1 page
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/613409
Editorial

Electromagnetics in Biomedical Applications

1Division of Communication Engineering, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798
2Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, 800 Cummings Hall, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
3School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
4South University of Science and Technology of China, 1088 Tangchang Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055, China

Received 2 January 2014; Accepted 2 January 2014; Published 4 February 2014

Copyright © 2014 Soon Yim Tan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Advance research in electromagnetic theory has been a fundamental key driver to push the frontier of biomedical technology. These studies include evaluation of health hazards of microwave field emission by ubiquitous wireless communication systems, interaction of electromagnetic waves with biological tissues and living systems, and also the therapeutic, diagnostic, and imaging applications of electromagnetic. Cancer detection using ultra-wideband signal, hyperthermia of tumours, healthcare informatics, and wireless bioimplants are some for the research topics using electromagnetic waves. Out of the accepted papers of this special issue, four papers will be highlighted below.

Electric field measurement of the living human body for biomedical applications: phase measurement of the electric field intensity” by I. Hieda and K. C. Nam illustrates a technique for conducting measurements inside the human body by applying a weak electric field at a radio frequency (RF). The method is simple, safe, cost-effective, and able to be used for biomedical applications.

Y. Chen et al. present “A feasibility study for microwave breast cancer detection using contrast-agent-loaded bacterial microbots.” The authors proposed a novel differential microwave imaging technique to simultaneously track multiple swarms of magnetotactic bacteria microbots that are injected into the breast to detect breast tumours.

Analysis and design of magnetic shielding system for breast cancer treatment with hyperthermia inductive heating” by C. Thongsopa and T. Thosdeekoraphat provides an analysis and design of rectangular magnetic shielding aperture system for breast cancer treatment with hyperthermia inductive heating.

J. Tak et al. present “Dual-band on-body repeater antenna for in-on-on WBAN applications.” This paper investigates an antenna for in-on-on wireless body area network applications, which was designed to communicate with implanted devices in the 5.8 GHz ISM band and to transmit the biological information received from the implanted devices to other on-body devices in the 2.45 GHz ISM band.

Soon Yim Tan
Andrea Borsic
Panagiotis Kosmas
Yifan Chen