Nonlinear Ultrasound Propagation in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Media: Factors Affecting the in situ Mechanical Index (MI)


Conference Paper

© 2017 IEEE. This study used 3D nonlinear ultrasound simulations to identify the sources of error when estimating the in situ Peak Rarefaction Pressure (PRP) as compared to linear derating in the context of the Mechanical Index (MI) measurement. We found that varying material nonlinearity within the range of soft tissue (5 < B/A < 10) does not affect PRP estimation. We also found that for large apertures (F/1.5), phase aberration is the dominant factor that causes the linear derating MI method to consistently report higher PRP than actually occurs in situ. For smaller apertures (F/5), both phase aberration and reverberation clutter cause the linear derating MI method to report lower PRP than actually occurs in situ.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, B; Pinton, G; Deng, Y; Tripathi, B; Nightingale, K

Published Date

  • October 31, 2017

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1948-5727

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1948-5719

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781538633830

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8091514

Citation Source

  • Scopus