A review of coaxial-based interstitial antennas for hepatic microwave ablation

John M. Bertram, Deshan Yang, Mark C. Converse, John G. Webster*, David M. Mahvi

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Although surgical resection remains the gold standard for treatment of liver cancer, there is a growing need for alternative therapies. Microwave ablation (MWA) is an experimental procedure that has shown great promise for the treatment of unresectable tumors and exhibits many advantages over other alternatives to resection, such as radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. However, the antennas used to deliver microwave power largely govern the effectiveness of MWA. Research has focused on coaxial-based interstitial antennas that can be classified as one of three types (dipole, slot, or monopole). Choked versions of these antennas have also been developed, which can produce localized power deposition in tissue and are ideal for the treatment of deep-seated hepatic tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-213
Number of pages27
JournalCritical reviews in biomedical engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Antenna
  • Coaxial
  • Hepatic
  • Hyperthermia
  • Interstitial
  • Liver
  • Liver cancer
  • Microwave ablation
  • Probe
  • Resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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