Volume 123, Issue 4, April 2008
Index of content:
- BIOACOUSTICS 
Negative dispersion in bone: The role of interference in measurements of the apparent phase velocity of two temporally overlapping signals123(2008); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2839893View Description Hide Description
In this study the attenuation coefficient and dispersion (frequency dependence of phase velocity) are measured using a phase sensitive (piezoelectric) receiver in a phantom in which two temporally overlapping signals are detected, analogous to the fast and slow waves typically found in measurements of cancellous bone. The phantom consisted of a flat and parallel plate into which a step discontinuity was milled. The phase velocity and attenuation coefficient of the plate were measured using both broadband and narrowband data and were calculated using standard magnitude and phase spectroscopy techniques. The observed frequency dependence of the phase velocity and attenuation coefficient exhibit significant changes in their frequency dependences as the interrogating ultrasonic field is translated across the step discontinuity of the plate. Negative dispersion is observed at specific spatial locations of the plate at which the attenuation coefficient rises linearly with frequency, a behavior analogous to that of bone measurements reported in the literature. For all sites investigated, broadband and narrowband data demonstrate excellent consistency. Evidence suggests that the interference between the two signals simultaneously reaching the phase sensitive piezoelectric receiver is responsible for this negative dispersion.
Application of Biot’s theory to ultrasonic characterization of human cancellous bones: Determination of structural, material, and mechanical properties123(2008); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2839016View Description Hide Description
This paper is devoted to the experimental determination of distinctive macroscopic structural (porosity, tortuosity, and permeability) and mechanical (Biot–Willis elastic constants) properties of human trabecular bones. Then, the obtained data may serve as input parameters for modeling wave propagation in cancellous bones using Biot’s theory. The goal of the study was to obtain experimentally those characteristics for statistically representative group of human bones (35 specimens) obtained from a single skeletal site (proximal femur). The structural parameters were determined using techniques devoted to the characterization of porous materials: electrical spectroscopy, water permeametry, and microcomputer tomography. The macroscopic mechanical properties, Biot–Willis elastic constants, were derived based on the theoretical consideration of Biot’s theory, micromechanical statistical models, and experimental results of ultrasonic studies for unsaturated cancellous bones. Our results concerning structural parameters are consistent with the data presented by the other authors, while macroscopic mechanical properties measured within our studies are situated between the other published data. The discrepancies are mainly attributed to different mechanical properties of the skeleton frame, due to strong structural anisotropy varying from site to site. The results enlighten the difficulty to use Biot’s theory for modeling wave propagation in cancellous bone, implying necessity of individual evaluation of input parameters.
123(2008); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2839017View Description Hide Description
Behavioral and ecological studies would benefit from the ability to automatically identify species from acoustic recordings. The work presented in this article explores the ability of hidden Markovmodels to distinguish songs from five species of antbirds that share the same territory in a rainforest environment in Mexico. When only clean recordings were used, species recognition was nearly perfect, 99.5%. With noisy recordings, performance was lower but generally exceeding 90%. Besides the quality of the recordings, performance has been found to be heavily influenced by a multitude of factors, such as the size of the training set, the feature extraction method used, and number of states in the Markovmodel. In general, training with noisier data also improved recognition in test recordings, because of an increased ability to generalize. Considerations for improving performance, including beamforming with sensor arrays and design of preprocessing methods particularly suited for bird songs, are discussed. Combining sensor network technology with effective event detection and species identification algorithms will enable observation of species interactions at a spatial and temporal resolution that is simply impossible with current tools. Analysis of animal behavior through real-time tracking of individuals and recording of large amounts of data with embedded devices in remote locations is thus a realistic goal.