Supersonic shear imaging: a new technique for soft tissue elasticity mapping

  title={Supersonic shear imaging: a new technique for soft tissue elasticity mapping},
  author={Jeremy Bercoff and Michael Tanter and Mathias Fink},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control},
  • J. Bercoff, M. Tanter, M. Fink
  • Published 9 August 2004
  • Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
Supersonic shear imaging (SSI) is a new ultrasound-based technique for real-time visualization of soft tissue viscoelastic properties. Using ultrasonic focused beams, it is possible to remotely generate mechanical vibration sources radiating low-frequency, shear waves inside tissues. Relying on this concept, SSI proposes to create such a source and make it move at a supersonic speed. In analogy with the "sonic boom" created by a supersonic aircraft, the resulting shear waves will interfere… 
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