Implementation of vibro-acoustography on a clinical ultrasound system

Matthew W. Urban, Randall R. Kinnick, Thomas M. Kinter, James F. Greenleaf, Mostafa Fatemi, Carl Chalek, Bruno Haider, Kai Thomenius

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Vibro-acoustography (VA) is an ultrasound-based imaging modality that usestwo ultrasound beams of slightly different frequencies to produce images basedon the acoustic response due to harmonic ultrasound radiation force excitationat the difference frequency between the two ultrasound frequencies. VA hasdemonstrated feasibility and usefulness in imaging of breast and prostatetissue. However, previous studies have been performed either in controlled watertank settings or using a prototype breast scanner equipped with a water tank.In order to make VA more accessible and relevant to clinical use, we report hereon the implementation of VA on a General Electric Vivid 7 ultrasound scanner.In this paper, we will describe software and hardware modifications that wereperformed to make VA functional on this system. We will discuss aperturedefinition for the two ultrasound beams and beamforming using a linear arraytransducer. Experimental results from beam measurements and phantom imagingstudies will be shown. The implementation of VA provides a step towards clinicaltranslation of this imaging modality for applications in various organsincluding breast and prostate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2010
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2010 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 11 2010Oct 14 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
ISSN (Print)1051-0117


Other2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • ultrasound imaging
  • vibro-acoustography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


Dive into the research topics of 'Implementation of vibro-acoustography on a clinical ultrasound system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this