Characterization of several cancer cell lines at microwave frequencies

Vahé Nerguizian, Anas Alazzam, Ion Stiharu, Miguel Burnier

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This paper presents the complex permittivity measurement of Cervical (HeLa), Prostate (PC3), Breast (MDA231), Uveal melanoma (92.1 and OCM) cancer cell lines and white blood cells WBC-Jurkat Clone E6 at microwave frequencies. The measurement uses resonant cavity perturbation technique. The results, for the cell lines under consideration, show that the relative dielectric constant of a single cell is between 42 and 68 and the relative dielectric loss is between 12 and 22. The information of high frequency dielectric properties of different types of cell lines enables the detection and signature identification of cells in a microfluidic device at microwave frequencies.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • BioMEMS
  • Cancer cells
  • Complex permittivity
  • Microsystem
  • Microwave measurement
  • Single cell characterization


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