H. Rivaz, and R. Rohling. Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2005, volume 3749 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2005)
Vibro-elastography is a new medical imaging method that identifies the mechanical properties of tissue by measuring tissue motion in response to a multi-frequency external vibration source. Previous research on vibro-elastography used ultrasound to measure the tissue motion and system identification techniques to identify the tissue properties. This paper describes a hand-held probe with a combined vibration source and ultrasound transducer. The design uses a vibration absorption system to counter-balance the reaction forces from contact with the tissue. Simulations and experiments show a high level of vibration absorption. The first elastograms from the probe are also shown.
A Hand-Held Probe for Vibro-Elastography - Springer