Shear wave speed measurement using an unfocused ultrasound push beam

Shigao Chen, Heng Zhao, Pengfei Song, Matthew W. Urban, James F. Greenleaf

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Tissue viscoelasticity is related to pathology and therefore has important medical applications. Radiation force from a focused ultrasound beam has been used to produce shear wave in tissues for shear wave speed and tissue elasticity measurements. The feasibility of shear wave speed measurement using radiation force of an unfocused ultrasound beam is demonstrated in this study with a linear and a curved array transducer. Good estimation of shear wave speed was achieved in 3 calibrated phantoms with different shear modulus. Shear wave speed can be measured over a relatively long axial extent (z = 10-40 mm for the linear array, and z = 15-60 mm for the curve array) from a single acquisition with an unfocused push beam. In vivo measurements on the biceps of a healthy volunteer show consistent increase of shear modulus for the biceps under 0, 1, 2, and 3 kg loading. Advantages and limitation of unfocused push are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2011Oct 21 2011

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Other2011 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Elasticity
  • shearwave
  • ultrasound radiation force
  • unfocused

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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