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Doxorubicin is a potent chemotherapeutic whose severe side effects limit its application. Drug-targeted delivery with noninvasive techniques is required to increase the drug concentration locally and to reduce systemic side effects. Microbubble-assisted ultrasound has become a promising strategy for noninvasive local drug delivery. The aim of this study is(More)
Nanomedicine-based delivery with non-invasive techniques is a promising approach to increase local drug concentration and to reduce systemic side effects. Focused ultrasound (FUS) has become a promising strategy for non-invasive local drug delivery by mild hyperthermia. In this study, traditional temperature-sensitive liposomes (TTSLs) encapsulating(More)
This technical note investigates the involvement of microbubble attenuation and destruction in sonoporation mechanisms. First, we evaluate sonoporation efficiency using Vevo Micromarker, and a comparison is made with BR14 and SonoVue microbubbles. Then, the acoustical properties of the microbubbles are measured to gain insight into the sonoporation(More)
Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) present advantages such as wide frequency bandwidth, which could be further developed for nonlinear imaging. However, the driving electrostatic force induces a nonlinear behavior of the CMUT, thus generating undesirable harmonic components in the generated acoustic signal. Consequently, the use of CMUT(More)
Active response of a microbubble is characterized by its resonance behavior where the microbubble might oscillate after the excitation waveform has been turned off. We investigate in this paper an excitation approach based on this resonance phenomenon using chirps. The technique, called chirp reversal, consists in transmitting a first excitation signal, the(More)
The increasing knowledge of cellular and molecular mechanisms of human diseases allows envisaging the gene therapy by sonoporation as an emerging and promising therapeutic alternative. Sonoporation combines the local application of ultrasound waves and the intravascular or intratissue administration of gas microbubbles. In such a way, the permeability of(More)
Detection of high-order nonlinear components issued from microbubbles has emerged as a sensitive method for contrast agent imaging. Nevertheless, the detection of these high-frequency components, including the third, fourth, and fifth harmonics, remains challenging because of the lack of transducer sensitivity and bandwidth. In this context, we propose a(More)
The purpose of this work is to validate, by comparing numerical and experimental results, the ability of the Westervelt equation to predict the behavior of ultrasound beams generated by phased-array transducers. To this end, the full Westervelt equation is solved numerically and the results obtained are compared with experimental measurements. The numerical(More)
Targeted drug delivery under image guidance is gaining more interest in the drug-delivery field. The use of microbubbles as contrast agents in diagnostic ultrasound provides new opportunities in noninvasive image-guided drug delivery. In the present study, the imaging and therapeutic properties of novel doxorubicin liposome-loaded microbubbles are(More)
OBJECTIVE To monitor and quantify uteroplacental perfusion in rat pregnancies by Doppler ultrasound (DUS) and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS). METHODS Fourteen rats were randomized in two groups (the CEUS group and the control group). On days 8, 11, 14, 17, 19 and 20 of gestation, we used DUS to measure the resistance index (RI), pulsatility index and(More)