Index of content:
Volume 135, Issue 5, May 2014
- NONLINEAR ACOUSTICS 
135(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4871356View Description Hide Description
Nonlinear imaging was implemented in commercial ultrasound systems over the last 15 years offering major advantages in many clinical applications. In this work, pulsing schemes coupled with a dual frequency pulse are presented. The pulsing schemes considered were pulse inversion, power modulation, and power modulated pulse inversion. The pulse contains a fundamental frequency f and a specified amount of its second harmonic 2f. The advantages and limitations of this method were evaluated with both acoustic measurements of harmonic generation and theoretical simulations based on the KZK equation. The use of two frequencies in a pulse results in the generation of the sum and difference frequency components in addition to the other harmonic components. While with single frequency pulses, only power modulation and power modulated pulse inversion contained odd harmonic components, with the dual frequency pulse, pulse inversion now also contains odd harmonic components.
135(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4869678View Description Hide Description
The accurate calculation of the acoustic radiation force is important for ultrasonic application techniques. Usually, the acoustic radiation force can be divided into the near-field and the far-field force according to the ratio of the emitter-reflector distance to the wavelength. In this study, appropriate theories and methods are explored to simulate the far-field and the near-field acoustic radiation force exerted on a planar reflector. The comparison between simulation and experiment indicates that the far-field force is not sensitive to the boundary shape and size while the near-field force is highly sensitive to the boundary size. Only the acoustic model with the minimized boundary size could yield the near-field force consistent with the experiment. Further calculations reveal that the far-field force first increases and then decreases with the rise of the reflector radius, and that the near-field force fluctuates with the acoustic frequency, especially when the emitter-reflector distance is very small. The near-field repulsive force can be changed into the attractive force when the acoustic frequency is lowered.