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Acoustic Bragg diffraction from human tissues

Nature volume 257, pages 305306 (25 September 1975) | Download Citation

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ANALYTICAL methods based on the use of ultrasonic beams are potentially of interest for the remote, in vivo characterisation of the mechanical structure of human tissues1,2. We have investigated, from this point of view, the relationship, for a specific volume of tissue, between the recorded ultrasonic backscattering amplitude and the orientation of the tissue structure to the ultrasonic beam. Experimentally this measurement is closely analogous to Bragg's X-ray crystallography arrangement except that we use 180° backscattering geometry.

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  1. Physics Division, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK

    • D. NICHOLAS
    •  & C. R. HILL

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