A review of vibro-acoustography and its applications in medicine

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In recent years, several new techniques based on the radiation force of ultrasound have been developed. Vibroacoustography is a speckle-free ultrasound based imaging modality that can visualize normal and abnormal soft tissue through mapping the acoustic response of the object to a harmonic radiation force induced by ultrasound. In vibroacoustography, the ultrasound energy is converted from high ultrasound frequencies to a low acoustic frequency (acoustic emission) that is often two orders of magnitude smaller than the ultrasound frequency. The acoustic emission is normally detected by a hydrophone. In medical imaging, vibro-acoustography has been tested on breast, prostate, arteries, liver, and thyroid. These studies have shown that vibro-acoustic data can be used for quantitative evaluation of elastic properties. This paper presents an overview of vibro-acoustography and its applications in the areas of biomedicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-359
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Medical Imaging Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Imaging
  • Radiation force
  • Ultrasound
  • Vibro-acoustography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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