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Title: Enhanced Instantaneous Elastography in Tissues and Hard Materials Using Bulk Modulus and Density Determined without Externally Applied Material Deformation
—Ultrasound is a continually developing technology that is broadly used for fast, non-destructive mechanical property detection of hard and soft materials in applications ranging from manufacturing to biomedical. In this study, a novel monostatic longitudinal ultrasonic pulsing elastography imaging method is introduced. Existing elastography methods require an acoustic radiational or dynamic compressive externally applied force to determine the effective bulk modulus or density. This new, passive M-mode imaging technique does not require an external stress, and can be effectively utilized for both soft and hard materials. Strain map imaging and shear wave elastography are two current categories of M-mode imaging that show both relative and absolute elasticity information. The new technique is applied to hard materials and soft material tissue phantoms for demonstrating effective bulk modulus and effective density mapping. As compared to standard techniques, the effective parameters fall within 10% of standard characterization methods for both hard and soft materials. As neither the standard A-mode imaging technique nor the presented technique require an external applied force, the techniques are applied to composite heterostructures and the findings presented for comparison. The presented passive M-mode technique is found to have enhanced resolution over standard A-mode modalities.  more » « less
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IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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National Science Foundation
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