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A general solution strategy for detecting faulty elements in phased arrays of arbitrary geometries is suggested. The proposed deterministic approach assumes as input data the amplitude and phase of near-field distributions and allows to determine the positions of the faulty elements. In particular, the method is founded on the well known Multiple Signal Classification (MUSIC) method, i.e., a spectral estimation technique. The proposed algorithm is also compared with a recently published method by the same authors, against experimental and numerical data. The results fully confirm the usefulness of the proposed technique, highlighting the advantages and the disadvantages of both methods.