Volume 127, Issue 1, January 2010
Index of content:
- BIOACOUSTICS 
127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3268508View Description Hide Description
This study has been motivated by the observed difference in the range of the power-law attenuation exponent for compressional and shear waves. Usually compressional attenuation increases with frequency to a power between 1 and 2, while shear wave attenuation often is described with powers less than 1. Another motivation is the apparent lack of partial differential equations with desirable properties such as causality that describe such wave propagation. Starting with a constitutive equation which is a generalized Hooke’s law with a loss term containing a fractional derivative, one can derive a causal fractional wave equation previously given by Caputo [Geophys J. R. Astron. Soc.13, 529–539 (1967)] and Wismer [J. Acoust. Soc. Am.120, 3493–3502 (2006)]. In the low (low-frequency) case, this equation has an attenuation with a power-law in the range from 1 to 2. This is consistent with, e.g., attenuation in tissue. In the often neglected high (high-frequency) case, it describes attenuation with a power-law between 0 and 1, consistent with what is observed in, e.g., dynamic elastography. Thus a unifying wave equation derived properly from constitutive equations can describe both cases.
Thermal effects generated by high-intensity focused ultrasound beams at normal incidence to a bone surface127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3257547View Description Hide Description
Experiments and computations were performed to study factors affecting thermal safety when high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) beams are normally incident (i.e., beam axis normal to the interface) upon a bone/soft-tissue interface. In particular, the temperature rise and thermal dose were determined as a function of separation between the beam focus and the interface. Under conditions representative of clinical HIFU procedures, it was found that the thermal dose at the bone surface can exceed the threshold for necrosis even when the beam focus is more than 4 cm from the bone. Experiments showed that reflection of the HIFU beam from the bone back into the transducer introduced temperature fluctuations of as much as ±15% and may be an important consideration for safety analyses at sufficiently high acoustic power. The applicability of linear propagation models in predicting thermal dose near the interface was also addressed. Linear models, while underpredicting thermal dose at the focus, provided a conservative (slight overprediction) estimate of thermal dose at the bone surface. Finally, temperature rise due to absorption of shear waves generated by the HIFU beam in the bone was computed. Modeling shear-wave propagation in the thermal analysis showed that the predicted temperature rise off axis was as much as 30% higher when absorption of shear waves is included, indicating that enhanced heating due to shear-wave absorption is potentially important, even for normally incident HIFU beams.
Propagation of narrow-band-high-frequency clicks: Measured and modeled transmission loss of porpoise-like clicks in porpoise habitats127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3257203View Description Hide Description
Estimating the range at which harbor porpoises can detect prey items and environmental objects is integral to understanding their biosonar. Understanding the ranges at which they can use echolocation to detect and avoid obstacles is particularly important for strategies to reduce bycatch. Transmission loss (TL) during acoustic propagation is an important determinant of those detection ranges, and it also influences animal detection functions used in passive acoustic monitoring. However, common assumptions regarding TL have rarely been tested. Here, TL of synthetic porpoise clicks was measured in porpoise habitats in Canada and Denmark, and field data were compared with spherical spreading law and ray-trace (Bellhop) model predictions. Both models matched mean observations quite well in most cases, indicating that a spherical spreading law can usually provide an accurate first-order estimate of TL for porpoise sounds in porpoise habitat. However, TL varied significantly between sites and over time in response to variability in seafloor characteristics, sound-speed profiles, and other short-timescale environmental fluctuations. Such variability should be taken into account in estimates of the ranges at which porpoises can communicate acoustically, detect echolocation targets, and be detected via passive acoustic monitoring.
Depth dependent variation of the echolocation pulse rate of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3257202View Description Hide Description
Trained odontocetes appear to have good control over the timing (pulse rate) of their echolocation clicks; however, there is comparatively little information about how free-ranging odontocetes modify their echolocation in relation to their environment. This study investigates echolocation pulse rate in 14 groups of free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) at a variety of depths (2.4–30.1 m) in the Gulf of Mexico. Linear regression models indicated a significant decrease in mean pulse rate with mean water depth. Pulse rates for most groups were multi-modal. Distance to target estimates were as high as 91.8 m, assuming that echolocation was produced at a maximal rate for the target distance. A 5.29-ms processing lag time was necessary to explain the pulse rate modes observed. Although echolocation is likely reverberation limited, these results support the hypotheses that free-ranging bottlenose dolphins in this area are adapting their echolocation signals for a variety of target detection and ranging purposes, and that the target distance is a function of water depth.
127(2010); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3257584View Description Hide Description
A method of acoustic imaging that potentially can improve the diagnostic capabilities of medical ultrasound is presented. The method, given the name SURF (Second order UltRasound Field) imaging, is achieved by processing the received signals from transmitted dual frequency band pulse complexes with at least partly overlapping high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) pulses. The transmitted HF pulses are used for image reconstruction, whereas the transmitted LF pulses are used to manipulate the elastic properties of the medium observed by the HF imaging pulses. The present paper discusses fundamental concepts in relation to the use of dual frequency band pulse complexes for medical ultrasound imaging.