Viscoelasticity measurement of heart wall in in vivo

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By measuring spatial distribution of the minute vibrations in the heart wall from the chest wall using ultrasound, we find that some impulses propagate along the heart wall in healthy human subjects just after closure of the aortic valve for the first time. Their amplitude is found to be on the order of several tens of micrometers, and up to 100 Hz. Their propagation speed shows frequency dispersion, which agrees with the theoretical characteristics of the Lamb wave. The instantaneous viscoelasticity of the wall is then noninvasively determined. These findings have a novel potential for myocardial tissue characterization in clinical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2004 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationA Conference of the IEEE International Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society, UFFC-S
EditorsM.P. Yuhas
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: 2004 Aug 232004 Aug 27

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
ISSN (Print)1051-0117


Other2004 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
CityMontreal, Que.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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