Acoustic Radiation Force on a Spherical Contrast Agent Shell Near a Vessel Porous Wall - Theory

Amir K. Miri, Farid G. Mitri

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Contrast agent microshells (CAMSs) are under intensive investigation for their wide applications in biomedical imaging and drug delivery. In drug delivery applications, CAMSs are guided to the targeted site before fragmentation by high-intensity ultrasound waves leading to the drug release. Prediction of the acoustic radiation force used to nondestructively guide a CAMS to the suspected site is becoming increasingly important and gaining attention particularly because it increases the system efficiency. The goal of this work is to present a theoretical model for the time-averaged (static) acoustic radiation force experienced by a CAMS near a blood vessel wall. An exact solution for the scattering of normal incident plane acoustic waves on an air-filled elastic spherical shell immersed in a nonviscous fluid near a porous and nonrigid boundary is employed to evaluate the radiation force function (which is the radiation force per unit energy density per unit cross-sectional surface). A particular example is chosen to illustrate the behavior of the time-averaged (static) radiation force on an elastic polyethylene spherical shell near a porous wall, with particular emphasis on the relative thickness of the shell and the distance from its center to the wall. This proposed model allows obtaining a priori information on the static radiation force that may be used to advantage in related as drug delivery and contrast agent imaging. This study should assist in the development of improved models for the evaluation of the time-averaged acoustic radiation force on a cluster of CAMSs in viscous and heat-conducting fluids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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