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Title: Measurement of guided mode wavenumbers in soft tissuebone mimicking phantoms using ultrasonic axial transmission
Authors: Chen, J
Foiret, J
Minonzio, JG
Talmant, M
Su, Z 
Cheng, L 
Laugier, P
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Physics in medicine and biology, 2012, v. 57, no. 10, p. 3025-3037 How to cite?
Journal: Physics in Medicine and Biology 
Abstract: Human soft tissue is an important factor that influences the assessment of human long bones using quantitative ultrasound techniques. To investigate such influence, a series of soft tissuebone phantoms (a bone-mimicking plate coated with a layer of water, glycerol or silicon rubber) were ultrasonically investigated using a probe with multi-emitter and multi-receiver arrays in an axial transmission configuration. A singular value decomposition signal processing technique was applied to extract the frequency-dependent wavenumbers of several guided modes. The results indicate that the presence of a soft tissue-mimicking layer introduces additional guided modes predicted by a fluid waveguide model. The modes propagating in the bone-mimicking plate covered by the soft-tissue phantom are only slightly modified compared to their counterparts in the free bone-mimicking plate, and they are still predicted by an elastic transverse isotropic two-dimensional waveguide. Altogether these observations suggest that the soft tissuebone phantoms can be modeled as two independent waveguides. Even in the presence of the overlying soft tissue-mimicking layer, the modes propagating in the bone-mimicking plate can still be extracted and identified. These results suggest that our approach can be applied for the purpose of the characterization of the material and structural properties of cortical bone.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28336
ISSN: 0031-9155
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/57/10/3025
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