A transaxial compression technique (TACT) for localized pulse-echo estimation of sound speed in biological tissues.

@article{Ophir1990ATC,
  title={A transaxial compression technique (TACT) for localized pulse-echo estimation of sound speed in biological tissues.},
  author={Jonathan Ophir and Y. Yazdi},
  journal={Ultrasonic imaging},
  year={1990},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={35-46}
}
We describe a new method for the estimation of the speed of sound in soft tissues in the pulse-echo mode. A transducer imparts an accurate transaxial compression to the tissue, and the corresponding change in the arrival time of an echo feature is measured. The ratio between the compressed depth and the difference in arrival time is taken as the estimate of the speed of sound. A second, noncompressing transducer is used to correct for distal tissue movement. We show theoretically and… CONTINUE READING