Spiral microstrip hyperthermia applicators: technical design and clinical performance

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 1990 Jan;18(1):233-42. doi: 10.1016/0360-3016(90)90288-u.


Spiral microstrip microwave (MW) antennas have been developed and adapted for use as clinical hyperthermia applicators. The design has been configured in a variety of forms including single fixed antenna applicators, multi-element arrays, and mechanically scanned single or paired antennas. The latter three configurations have been used to allow an expansion of the effective heating area. Specific absorption rate (SAR) distributions measured in phantom have been used to estimate the depth and volume of effective heating. The estimates are made using the bioheat equation assuming uniformly perfused tissue. In excess of 500 treatments of patients with advanced or recurrent localized superficial tumors have been performed using this applicator technology. Data from clinical treatments have been analyzed to quantify the heating performance and verify the suitability of these applicators for clinical use. Good microwave coupling efficiency together with the compact applicator size have proved to be valuable clinical assets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced / instrumentation*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Temperature