Journal of Theoretical Medicine
Volume 6 (2005), Issue 3, Pages 143-149

The Solution of Inverse Non-Linear Elasticity Problems That Arise When Locating Breast Tumours

1Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD, UK
2Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK

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Non-linear elasticity theory may be used to calculate the coordinates of a deformed body when the coordinates of the undeformed, stress-free body are known. In some situations, such as one of the steps in the location of tumours in a breast, the coordinates of the deformed body are known and the coordinates of the undeformed body are to be calculated, i.e. we require the solution of the inverse problem. Other than for situations where classical linear elasticity theory may be applied, the simple approach for solving the inverse problem of reversing the direction of gravity and modelling the deformed body as an undeformed body does not give the correct solution. In this study, we derive equations that may be used to solve inverse problems. The solution of these equations may be used for a wide range of inverse problems in non-linear elasticity.