In this work, a novel magnetic resonance (MR)-compatible microwave antenna was designed and validated in a small animal superficial hyperthermia applicator. The antenna operates at 2.45 GHz and matching is made robust against production and setup inaccuracies. To validate our theoretical concept, a prototype of the applicator was manufactured and tested for its properties concerning input reflection, sensitivity for setup inaccuracies, environment temperature stability and MR-compatibility. The experiments show that the applicator indeed fulfils the requirements for MR-guided hyperthermia investigation in small animals: it creates a small heating focus (<1 cm 3 ), has a stable and reliable performance (S 11 < −15 dB) for all working conditions and is MR-compatible.
- Hyperthermia antenna
- microwave applicator
- small animal heating systems
- Hyperthermia, Induced/methods
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging/methods