Ten. Applications of Microwave Imaging

  1. Matteo Pastorino

Published Online: 26 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470602492.ch10

Microwave Imaging

Microwave Imaging

How to Cite

Pastorino, M. (2010) Applications of Microwave Imaging, in Microwave Imaging, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470602492.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 MAR 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering

Book Series Editors:

  1. Kai Chang

Series Editor Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470278000

Online ISBN: 9780470602492



  • dielectric materials;
  • electromagnetic techniques;
  • microwave imaging


Microwave diagnostic techniques are widely used in civil and industrial applications, especially because of their ability of penetrate inside dielectric materials. The simplest way to understand this phenomenon is to consider the propagation of a plane wave through a homogeneous medium. The preliminary ideas concerning the application of microwave techniques to medical imaging have been summarized in a book by Larsen and Jacobi (1986). Microwave medical imaging is often still considered an emerging technique, since accurate and effective dielectric reconstructions are still very difficult to obtain. The detection and identification of buried objects is very important in geophysical prospections, as well as in humanitarian applications and in the inspection of archeological sites. In particular, electromagnetic techniques are able to detect, for example, voids, tunnels, pipes, cables, and other civil or military structures.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

dielectric materials; electromagnetism; microwave imaging