Measuring Electrical Properties of Breast Tissues


We are developing a new approach to breast imaging that uses low-power microwave signals. The signals are lower power than those used in a cell phone, and do not heat the tissues. The imaging approach is designed to be comfortable and fast.

We have previously tested this approach with volunteers and breast cancer patients. We want to collect more scans with our imaging system to grow our database. We also plan to compare the microwave scans with mammograms. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast. Mammograms are part of breast screening programs.

Therefore, the purpose of this study is to help understand a new approach to breast imaging. We want to collect breast tissue measurements with our microwave imaging system and compare these measurements with mammograms.


Currently recruiting participants: No

Eligible gender: Female

Eligible ages: 18 to 74

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

- Women
- 18-74 years of age
- Have received a mammogram within the past 2 years

Exclusion criteria:

- Participants who have not received a mammogram
- Participants who are currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
- Participants with breast implants
- Participants who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Participants with active breast skin infections
- Participants with nipple piercings (unless they are removed prior to scanning)
- Participants with an implanted electronic device
- Participants with physical limitations that prevent them from placing their breasts inside the scanner


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Additional information

Contact information

Anita Garland, Study coordinator

Principal investigator:

Elise Carolyn Fear

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