Imaging spatial distribution of high-frequency small vibrations on the heart wall

Hiroshi Kanai, Shigemitsu Nakaya, Noriyoshi Chubachi, Yoshiro Koiwa

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We have developed a novel method for accurately measuring the velocity signals on the multiple points preset on an ultrasonic beam in the heart wall by tracking the movement of the heart wall. By applying the time-frequency analysis to the resultant velocity signals of the heart wall, we have determined the instantaneous eigen-frequency of the left ventricle (LV) at the end-diastole. From the eigen-frequency, the wall thickness of the LV, and the average radius of the LV, the inner pressure of the LV is noninvasively estimated at the end-diastole using a model of an elastic spherical shell. For this measurement, however, it is necessary to confirm the mode of the eigen-vibration in the LV. In this report, therefore, we control the directions of the ultrasonic beams so that the velocity signals are simultaneously measured at the multiple points on the surface of the LV wall. From these data, we estimate the spatial distribution of the eigen-vibration of the LV wall at the end-diastole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1689-1692
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Ultrasonics Symposium - Sendai, Miyagi, Jpn
Duration: 1998 Oct 51998 Oct 8

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  • Engineering(all)


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