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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2012, Article ID 745426, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/745426
Research Article

Flexible Microstrip Antenna for Skin Contact Application

Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 723 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

Received 10 March 2012; Revised 4 June 2012; Accepted 4 June 2012

Academic Editor: Dalia N. Elshiekh

Copyright © 2012 Sudhir Shrestha 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

Microstrip antennas are finding a growing medical application in imaging, diagnosis, and treatment. This paper presents a flexible microstrip antenna that can be placed in contact with the human skin. The developed antenna is only 0.25 mm thick, has 32 mm × 31 mm dimensions, and −19 dB measured | 𝑆 1 1 | parameter at 2.45 GHz. A specific application of the antenna in microwave breast imaging is considered. Analytical results using simulation models and experimental results using skin phantoms are presented and discussed.