Quantitative assessment and imaging of viscoelastic properties of soft tissue

Naotaka Nitta, Tsuyoshi Shiina, Ei Ueno

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This paper presents quantitative assessment and imaging methodology for soft tissue viscoelastic properties using a real-time tissue elasticity imaging system. Our strain imaging system display5 a color-coded strain distribution at a frame rate of 2Hz and is available for clinical use with free hand. The viscoelasticity of soft tissue is evaluated from a time-dependent stress-strain curve including hysteretic loop, which is yielded by both compression and relaxation of the body surface. Experimental results with a gel-based phantom, extracted porcine muscle and in vivo breast carcinoma validated the potential of quantitatively assessing viscoelasticity to discriminate normal tissue and carcinoma tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1885-1889
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event2002 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2002 Oct 82002 Oct 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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