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International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 973736, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/973736
Research Article

Development of a Novel Switched-Mode 2.45 GHz Microwave Multiapplicator Ablation System

1Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, Via di S. Marta 3, 50139 Florence, Italy
2Biomedical Srl, Via G.B. Lulli 43, 50144 Florence, Italy
3WaveComm S.r.l., Loc. Belvedere, Ingresso 2, 53034 Colle Val d’Elsa, Siena, Italy

Received 29 May 2014; Revised 7 August 2014; Accepted 25 August 2014; Published 23 September 2014

Academic Editor: Gian Luigi Gragnani

Copyright © 2014 Guido Biffi Gentili 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

The development of a novel switched-mode 2.45 GHz microwave (MW) multiapplicator system intended for laparoscopic and open surgical thermoablative treatments is presented. The system differs from the other synchronous and asynchronous commercially available equipments because it employs a fast sequential switching (FSS) technique for feeding an array of up to four high efficiency MW applicators. FSS technology, if properly engineered, allows improving system compactness, modularity, overall efficiency, and operational flexibility. Full-wave electromagnetic (EM) and thermal (TH) simulations have been made to confirm the expected performances of the FSS technology. Here we provide an overview of technical details and early ex-vivo experiments carried out with a full functional β-prototype of the system.