Continuous monitoring of pulsed HIFU beams using dual-mode ultrasound array systems

Andrew Casper, John Ballard, Dalong Liu, Alyona Haritonova, Emad Ebbini

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We have previously described several DMUA prototypes with therapeutic and imaging capabilities suited for image-guided surgery. A fully real-time system capable of intermittent therapy/imaging operation to allow for high frame rate imaging during therapeutic has been developed. This approach allows for real-time characterization of echoes from the target region at the focal spot within milliseconds of the initiation of the therapeutic pHIFU beam. For example, at intensity levels of ∼8000 W/cm2 at 1.15 MHz, analysis of echo data preand post-beamforming shows spotty transient activity from within the pHIFU focus, indicative of cavitation. Ex vivo tissue samples were exposed to pHIFU beams of durations < 300 ms at intensity levels in the range of 2500-8000 W/cm2 with interruptions to analyze echo data at frame rates from 100 to 2000 fps. Examination of treated tissue samples shows correspondence between the transient echoes and the nature of the induced lesion (when present). Coupled with the DMUA system>s ability to refocus the pHIFU beam at > 1000 updates per second, this approach offers the physician a unique capability of modulating the exposure with millisecond resolution. Examples of monitoring and control of single-and multiple-focus DMUA patterns will be presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication11th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Event11th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound, ISTU 2011 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2011Apr 13 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other11th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound, ISTU 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


  • Cavitation
  • Phased Arrays
  • Thermal Therapy


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