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Wall-less Flow Phantom for High-Frequency Ultrasound Applications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-897
Number of pages8
JournalUltrasound in Medicine & Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


There are currently very few test objects suitable for high-frequency ultrasound scanners that can be rapidly manufactured, have appropriate acoustic characteristics and are suitably robust. Here we describe techniques for the creation of a wall-less flow phantom using a physically robust konjac and carrageenan-based tissue-mimicking material. Vessel dimensions equivalent to those of mouse and rat arteries were achieved with steady flow, with the vessel at a depth of 1.0 mm. We then employed the phantom to briefly investigate velocity errors using pulsed wave Doppler with a commercial preclinical ultrasound system. This phantom will provide a useful tool for testing preclinical ultrasound imaging systems.

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  • Ultrasound, High frequency, Tissue-mimicking material, Preclinical ultrasound, Wall-less flow phantom, BLOOD-MIMICKING FLUID, SHEAR RATE, DOPPLER ULTRASOUND, TEST OBJECTS, VALIDATION, VELOCITY, DESIGN, RESOLUTION, STENOSIS, SCANNER

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