Speed of sound of fatty and fibrosis liver measured by 80-MHz and 250MHz scanning acoustic microscopy

Tadashi Yamaguchi, Kenta Inoue, Jonathan Mamou, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshifumi Saijo

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Early detection of hepatitis is critical for proper patient management and improving disease prognosis. Ultrasound imaging is ideally suited for early-stage assessments, but conventional ultrasound images based on backscatter do not display quantitative tissue information because conventional ultrasound lacks essential modeling of the complex interaction between ultrasound and liver tissue in normal and diseased states. Therefore, speed-of-sound (SOS) measurements were obtained from three types of rat livers (normal, fatty, and fibrosis). Livers were harvested, fixed, and embedded in paraffin; a single 10-μm thin section was obtained using a microtome and placed on a microscope slide. A scanning acoustic microscope incorporating transducers operating at 80-MHz and 250-MHz center frequencies was used to scan the 10-μm section. An adjacent 4-μm thin section was stained with H&E (normal and fatty livers) or Azan (fibrosis livers). The SOS measured with both transducers displayed the same trend: SOS in fatty liver was lower than in normal liver and SOS in fibrosis liver was higher than in normal liver. SOS differences were greater at 250 MHz because of the improved spatial resolution, which allowed choosing regionof-interests containing only fat or fibrosis tissue. These initial results also were used to correlate the pathologic state with the SOS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075011
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2013 Jun 22013 Jun 7


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