Che-Chou Shen

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This report describes a system that utilizes a single high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducer for both the localization and ablation of arteries with internal diameters of 0.5 and 1.3 mm. In vitro and in vivo tests were performed to demonstrate both the imaging and ablation functionalities of this system. For imaging mode, pulsed acoustic waves(More)
Motion artifacts of the pulse inversion technique were studied for finite amplitude distortion-based harmonic imaging. Motion in both the axial and the lateral directions was considered. Two performance issues were investigated. One is the harmonic signal intensity relative to the fundamental intensity and the other is the potential image quality(More)
Ultrasound nonlinear imaging using microbubble-based contrast agents has been widely investigated. Nonetheless, its contrast is often reduced by the nonlinearity of acoustic wave propagation in tissue. In this paper, we explore the use of empirical mode decomposition (EMD) and ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) in the Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT)(More)
The method of dual-frequency (DF) difference excitation is capable of generating a low-frequency envelope component as the driving force of commercial contrast microbubbles by using a high-frequency pulse. Although the DF difference excitation method provides good lateral resolution in high-frequency contrast imaging, it suffers from degraded axial(More)
The efficiency of high-frequency destruction of microbubble-based contrast agent is limited by the high pressure threshold, while the difficulty of spatially confining destruction induced by low-frequency excitation to a small sample volume potentially increases the risk of adverse bioeffects. The dual-frequency excitation method involves the simultaneous(More)
OBJECTIVE AND MOTIVATION The goal of this work was to test experimentally that exposing air bubbles or ultrasound contrast agents in water to amplitude modulated wave allows control of inertial cavitation affected volume and hence could limit the undesirable bioeffects. METHODS Focused transducer operating at the center frequency of 10 MHz and having(More)
Stimulating high-frequency nonlinear oscillations of ultrasound contrast agents is helpful to distinguish microbubbles from background tissues. Nevertheless, inefficiency of such oscillations from most commercially available contrast agents and intense attenuation of the resultant high-frequency harmonics limit microbubble detection with high-frequency(More)
Sub-harmonic imaging techniques have been shown to provide a higher contrast-to-tissue ratio (CTR) at the cost of relatively low signal intensity from ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs). In this study, we propose a method of dual-frequency excitation to further enhance the CTR of subharmonic imaging. A dual-frequency excitation pulse is an(More)
Tissue background suppression is essential for harmonic detection of ultrasonic contrast microbubbles. To reduce the tissue harmonic amplitude for improvement of contrast-to-tissue ratio (CTR), the method of third harmonic (3f(0)) transmit phasing uses an additional 3f(0) transmit signal to provide mutual cancellation between the frequency-sum component and(More)
Generation of tissue harmonic signals during acoustic propagation is based on the combined effect of two different spectral interactions of the transmit signal. One produces harmonic whose frequency is the sum of transmit frequencies. The other results in harmonic at difference frequency of the transmit signals. Both the frequency-sum component and the(More)