Acoustic radiation force
Acoustic radiation force is a physical phenomenon resulting from the interaction of an acoustic wave with an obstacle placed along its path. Generally, the force exerted on the obstacle is evaluated by integrating the acoustic radiation pressure (due to the presence of the sonic wave) over its time-varying surface.
- F is the force in kg/(s2cm2),
- α is the absorption coefficient in Np/cm,
- I is the temporal average intensity of the acoustic wave at the given location in W/cm2, and
- c is the speed of sound in the medium in cm/s.
The effect of frequency on acoustic radiation force is taken into account via intensity (higher pressures are more difficult to attain at higher frequencies) and absorption (higher frequencies have a higher absorption rate). As a reference water has an acoustic absorption of 0.002 dB/(MHz2cm).
Medical imaging applications
Acoustic radiation force is currently being used in medical ultrasonic imaging to generate images based on the mechanical properties; the discipline of creating these images is called elastography. Modalities include Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) Imaging, Shearwave Dispersion Ultrasound Vibrometry, Harmonic Motion Imaging (HMI), Supersonic Shear Imaging (SSI), and Spatially Modulated Ultrasound Radiation Force (SMURF).
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