Shear wave induced resonance elastography of soft heterogeneous media

J Biomech. 2010 May 28;43(8):1488-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.01.045. Epub 2010 Feb 19.


In the context of ultrasound dynamic elastography imaging and characterization of venous thrombosis, we propose a method to induce mechanical resonance of confined soft heterogeneities embedded in homogenous media. Resonances are produced by the interaction of horizontally polarized shear (SH) waves with the mechanical heterogeneity. Due to such resonance phenomenon, which amplifies displacements up to 10 times compared to non-resonant condition, displacement images of the underlying structures are greatly contrasted allowing direct segmentation of the heterogeneity and a more precise measurement of displacements since the signal-to-noise ratio is enhanced. Coupled to an analytical model of wave scattering, the feasibility of shear wave induced resonance (SWIR) elastography to characterize the viscoelasticity of a mimicked venous thrombosis is demonstrated (with a maximum variability of 3% and 11% for elasticity and viscosity, respectively). More generally, the proposed method has the potential to characterize the viscoelastic properties of a variety of soft biological and industrial materials.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Models, Cardiovascular*
  • Shear Strength
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Ultrasonography
  • Veins / diagnostic imaging*
  • Veins / physiopathology*
  • Venous Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Venous Thrombosis / physiopathology*