Design optimization of a robust sleeve antenna for hepatic microwave ablation

Punit Prakash*, Geng Deng, Mark C. Converse, John G. Webster, David M. Mahvi, Michael C. Ferris

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We describe the application of a Bayesian variable-number sample-path (VNSP) optimization algorithm to yield a robust design for a floating sleeve antenna for hepatic microwave ablation. Finite element models are used to generate the electromagnetic (EM) field and thermal distribution in liver given a particular design. Dielectric properties of the tissue are assumed to vary within ± 10% of average properties to simulate the variation among individuals. The Bayesian VNSP algorithm yields an optimal design that is a 14.3% improvement over the original design and is more robust in terms of lesion size, shape and efficiency. Moreover, the Bayesian VNSP algorithm finds an optimal solution saving 68.2% simulation of the evaluations compared to the standard sample-path optimization method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1057-1069
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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