Evaluation of ultrasound tissue damage based on changes in image echogenicity in canine kidney

Jongbum Seo, Timothy L. Hall, Matthew O'Donnell, Binh C. Tran, J. Brian Fowlkes, Charles A. Cain, Gerald D. Abrams

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Sufficiently high intensity ultrasound can create hyperechoic regions in an ultrasound image due to local bubble generation. We explore the link between the temporal extent of these hyperechoic regions and tissue damage caused by ultrasound therapy. The decay rate of increased echogenicity from the focal zone in insonated live exteriorized canine kidney was quantified and correlated to the spatial extent of tissue damage. The decay half-time, t half, defined as the time for echogenicity enhancement to decay by a factor of 2, was observed in all cases to be greater than 41 s in spatial zones in which extensive histological damage was observed. In cases in which the measured t half was less than 11 s, the damage was limited to minor hemorrhage, or it was not detected. These t half discrimination boundaries of 41 and 11 s were not statistically different for cases in which contrast agent was used to enhance therapeutic efficiency. This was true even though contrast agent infusion significantly reduced the therapy pulse duration threshold for damage production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1119
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received June 12, 2004; accepted November 24, 2004. This research has been funded by grants from the Johnson & Johnson Focused Giving Program and the National Institutes of Health RR14450.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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