Project

Seismology in the human body: exploring supersonic shear wave imaging for the assessment of arterial stiffness.

Duration
01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
  • Engineering and technology
    • Multimedia processing
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Medical biotechnology
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Signal processing
Keywords
Supersonic shear wave imaging arterial wall arterial stiffness ex-vivo experiments computational biomechanics
 
Project description

Supersonic Shear wave Imaging (SSI) is used to characterize elasticity of soft tissues by generating and detecting shear waves (SW). SSI has proven successful for cancer diagnosis in breast and liver. Application of SSI to arterial walls is challenging due to complex SW propagation phenomena related to anisotropy and geometry of arteries. The project goal is to study SW physics in arteries by means of computer, in-vitro and ex-vivo modeling.