Evaluation of ultrasound techniques for brain injury detection

Journal Article

In this work we examine the physics underlying wave propagation in the head to evaluate various ultrasonic transducers for use in a brain injury detection device. The results of measurements of the attenuation coefficient and phase velocity for ultrasonic propagation in samples of brain tissue and skull bone from sheep are presented. The material properties are then used to investigate the propagation of ultrasonic pressure fields in the head. The ultrasound fields for three different transducers are calculated for propagation in a simulated brain/skull model. The model is constructed using speed-of-sound and mass density values of the two tissue types. The impact of the attenuation on the ultrasound fields is then examined. Finally, the relevant points drawn from these discussions are summarized. We hope to minimize the confounding effects of the skull by using sub-MHz ultrasound while maintaining the necessary temporal and spatial resolution to successfully detect injury in the brain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mobley, J; Kasili, PM; Norton, SJ; Vo-Dinh, T

Published Date

  • December 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3253 /

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 111

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.308021

Citation Source

  • Scopus