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Two-Point Frequency Shift (2P-FS) Method for Shear Wave Attenuation Measurement.

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Summary of "Two-Point Frequency Shift (2P-FS) Method for Shear Wave Attenuation Measurement."

Ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) is an increasingly used noninvasive modality for quantitative evaluation of tissue mechanical properties. SWE typically uses an acoustic radiation force to produce laterally propagating shear waves that are tracked in the spatial and temporal domains, in order to obtain the wave velocity. One of the ways to study the viscoelasticity is through studying the shear wave phase velocity dispersion curves. Shear wave attenuation can be also characterized in viscoelastic tissues with methods that use multiple lateral data samples. In this paper, we present an alternative method for measuring the shear wave attenuation without using a rheological model (2P-FS). The technique uses information related to the amplitude spectra frequency shift of shear waves measured at only two lateral locations. The theoretical basis for the 2P-FS is derived and validated. We examined how the first signal position and the distance between the two locations affect the shear wave attenuation estimation in the 2P-FS method. We tested this new method on digital phantom data created using the local interaction simulation approach (LISA) in viscoelastic media. Moreover, we tested data acquired from custom made tissue mimicking viscoelastic phantom experiments and ex vivo porcine liver measurements. We compared results from the 2P-FS method with other two techniques used for assessing a shear wave attenuation: the frequency-shift-based method (FS) and the attenuation measuring ultrasound shearwave elastography (AMUSE) technique. In addition, we evaluated the 2P-FS algorithm with different levels of added white Gaussian noise to the shear wave particle velocity using numerical phantoms. Tests conducted showed that the 2P-FS method gives robust results based on only two measurements and can be used to measure attenuation of viscoelastic soft tissues.

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Name: IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control
ISSN: 1525-8955
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