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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2008, Article ID 761402, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/761402
Research Article

Improved Delay-and-Sum Beamforming Algorithm for Breast Cancer Detection

Centre for Communications Research, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB, UK

Received 4 October 2007; Accepted 3 April 2008

Academic Editor: Elise Fear

Copyright © 2008 M. Klemm 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.

Abstract

We have evaluated a modified delay-and-sum (DAS) beamforming algorithm for breast cancer detection with a microwave radar-based system. The improved DAS algorithm uses an additional weight factor calculated at each focal point to improve image quality. These weights essentially represent the quality of preprocessing and coherent radar operation. Using a multistatic UWB radar system based on a hemispherical antenna array, we present experimental detection of 7 mm and 10 mm phantom tumours. We show that the new proposed DAS algorithm improves signal-to-clutter ratio in focused images by 2.65 dB for 10 mm tumour, and by 4.4 dB for 7 mm tumour.