We proposed a new method for estimating the viscoelastic property of the local region of a sample. The viscoelastic parameters of the phantoms simulating the biological tissues were quantitatively estimated by analyzing the frequency characteristics of displacement generated by acoustic excitation. The samples were locally strained by irradiating them with the ultrasound simultaneously generated from two point-focusing transducers by applying the sum of two signals with slightly different frequencies of approximately 1 MHz. The surface of a phantom was excited in the frequency range of 20–2,000 Hz, and its displacement was measured. The frequency dependence of the acceleration provided by the acoustic radiation force was also measured. From these results, we determined the frequency characteristics of the transfer function from the stress to the strain and estimated the ratio of the elastic modulus to the viscosity modulus (K/η) by fitting the data to the Maxwell model. Moreover, the elastic modulus K was separately estimated from the measured sound velocity and density of the phantom, and the viscosity modulus η was evaluated by substituting the estimated elastic modulus into the obtained K/η ratio.
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