Ultrasonic actuation of biological tissues using dual acoustic radiation force for assessment of elastic properties

Hideyuki Hasegawa, Jun Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Kanai

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To assess mechanical properties of tissues, strain must be generated in an object. However, a single radiation force is not effective because it mainly generates translational motion when the object is much harder than the surrounding medium. In the present study, two cyclic radiation forces are simultaneously applied to a muscle phantom from two opposite horizontal directions so that the object is cyclically compressed in the horizontal direction. By the horizontal compression, the object is expanded vertically based on its incompressibility. The resultant vertical displacement is measured using another ultrasoundpulse. The displacement of several micrometers in amplitude was measured by the ultrasonic phased-tracking method. Increase in thickness inside the object in the vertical direction was observed at the time of increasing acoustic radiation forces. Suchchanges in thickness corresponded to vertical expansion due to horizontal compression and show that the proposed method successfully generated strains inside the object.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Acoustics
Subtitle of host publicationState-of-the-Art and Perspectives, ISNA 2012 - 19th International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 1

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


  • Continuous wave
  • Displacement and strain
  • Dual acoustic radiation force
  • Shear wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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