Acoustic Properties of Small Animal Soft Tissue in the Frequency Range 12-32 MHz

Adela Rabell-Montiel*, Adrian J W Thomson, Thomas Anderson, Stephen D. Pye, Carmel M. Moran

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Quality assurance phantoms are made of tissue-mimicking materials (TMMs) the acoustic properties of which mimic those of soft tissue. However, the acoustic properties of many soft tissue types have not been measured at ultrasonic frequencies >9 MHz. With the increasing use of high-frequency ultrasound for both clinical and pre-clinical applications, it is of increasing interest to ensure that TMMs accurately reflect the acoustic properties of soft tissue at these higher frequencies. In this study, the acoustic properties of ex vivo brain, liver and kidney samples from 50 mice were assessed in the frequency range 12-32 MHz. Measurements were performed within 6 min of euthanasia in a phosphate-buffered saline solution maintained at 37.2 ± 0.2 °C. The measured mean values for the speed of sound for all organs were found to be higher than the International Electrotechnical Commission guideline recommended value for TMMs. The attenuation coefficients measured for brain, liver and kidney samples were compared with the results of previous studies at lower frequencies. Only the measured kidney attenuation coefficient was found to be in good agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission guideline. The information provided in this study can be used as a baseline on which to manufacture a TMM suitable for high-frequency applications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology (UMB)
Early online date23 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Attenuation
  • Brain
  • High frequency
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Mice
  • Speed of sound
  • Ultrasound


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