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A method of imaging biological targets using microwave radiation at a frequency of 4 GHz is presented. Linearly polarized radiation is transmitted through an isolated canine kidney and received with co-polarized and cross-polarized antennas. Images are displayed as the spatial variation of the magnitude of the transmission scattering parameter S21 for each mode of polarization. The relationship between the spatial variation of the magnitude of S21 and canine renal anatomy is discussed. It is shown that within the kidney the cross-polarized image tends to emphasize linear or piecewise linear structures, whereas the co-polarized image balances renal cortical lobulations.
Date of Publication: June 1980