Multifrequency vibro-acoustography

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Elasticity imaging is a burgeoning medical imaging field. Many methods have been proposed that impart a force to tissue and measure the mechanical response. One method, vibro-acoustography, uses the ultrasound radiation force to harmonically vibrate tissue and measure the resulting acoustic emission field with a nearby hydrophone. Another method, vibrometry, uses the ultrasound radiation force accompanied with a measurement of the resulting velocity or displacement of the vibrating tissue or object has also been used for different applications. An extension of the vibro-acoustography method using a multifrequency stress field to vibrate an object is described. The objective of this paper is to present the image formation theory for multifrequency vibro-acoustography. We show that the number of low-frequency components created by this multifrequency method scales with the square of the number of ultrasound sources used. We provide experimental validation of the point-spread function of the multifrequency stress field and show examples of both vibrometry and vibro-acoustography imaging applications. This method holds the potential for a large gain of information with no increase in scanning time compared to conventional vibro-acoustography systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1284-1295
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE transactions on medical imaging
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Elasticity imaging
  • Imaging
  • Multifrequency
  • Ultrasound
  • Vibro-acoustography
  • Vibrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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