Ultrasonic backscatter coefficient quantitative estimates from Chinese hamster ovary cell pellet biophantoms

Maxime Teisseire, Aiguo Han, Rami Abuhabsah, James P. Blue, Sandhya Sarwate, William D. O'Brien

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A cell pellet biophantom technique is introduced, and applied to the ultrasonic backscatter coefficient (BSC) estimate using Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. Also introduced is a concentric sphere scattering model because of its geometrical similarities to cells with a nucleus. BSC comparisons were made between the concentric sphere model and other well-understood models for mathematical verification purposes. BSC estimates from CHO cell pellet biophantoms of known number density were performed with 40 and 80 MHz focused transducers (overall bandwidth: 26-105 MHz). These biophantoms were histologically processed and then evaluated for cell viability. Cell pellet BSC estimates were in agreement with the concentric sphere model. Fitting the model to the BSC data yielded quantitative values for the outer sphere and inner sphere. The radius of the cell model was 6.8±0.7 μm; the impedance of the cytoplasm model was 1.63±0.03 Mrayl and the impedance of the nuclear model was 1.55±0.09 Mrayl. The concentric sphere model appears as a new tool for providing quantitative information on cell structures and will tend to have a fundamental role in the classification of biological tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3175-3180
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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