Ultrasonic Microscopy in Medicine and Biology

  • C. F. Quate
  • E. A. Ash
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 31)


The acoustic microscope, [1, 2], has something in common with the optical and the electron microscope. The wavelength of the acoustic radiation is equal to that of the optical instrument and the image is acquired through scanning as in the SEM. But, the acoustic instrument differs significantly from the conventional instruments in that it can be used to monitor the elastic properties of biological material. That is the phase of the work that we will emphasise in this presentation. It is hardly surprising that we should be sensitive to elastic parameters since the reflectivity of acoustic waves is determined almost completely by the elasticity of the specimen under study.


Acoustic Radiation Acoustic Image Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Acoustic Beam Acoustic Microscope 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. [1]
    R.A. Lemons and C.F. Quate, “Acoustic Microscopy” in Physical Acoustics, Ed. W.P. Mason and R.N. Thurston, ( Academic Press ), V.XIV, p. 1, 1979.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    C.A. Quate, A. Atalar and H.K. Wickramasinghe, “Acoustic Microscopy with Mechanical Scanning–A Review”, Proc. IEEE, V. 67, pp. 1092–1114, 1979.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. [3]
    C.F. Quate, “Microwaves Acoustics and Scanning Microscopy”, Scanned Image Microscopy, Ac. Press, 1980, pp. 23–56.Google Scholar
  4. [4]
    J. Heiserman, “Cryogenic Acoustic Microscopy”, loc cit, pp. 71–96.Google Scholar
  5. [5]
    H.K. Wickramasinghe, “Gas Medium Acoustic Microscopy”, loc cit, pp. 57–70.Google Scholar
  6. [6]
    D.A. Sinclair, I.R. Smith, “Tissue Characterisation using the Acoustic Microscope”, to be published in Ultrasonic Imaging.Google Scholar
  7. [7]
    S.D. Bennett, The Determination of Elastic Constants from Acoustic Microscopy Measurements“, submitted to IEEE Trans. on Sonics and Ultrasonics, September 1981.Google Scholar
  8. [8]
    I.R. Smith, “Contrast Analysis in Scanned Image Microscopy”, Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of London, July 1981.Google Scholar
  9. [9]
    S.D. Bennett and E.A. Ash, “Differential Imaging with the Acoustic Microscope”, IEEE Trans. on Sonics and Ultrasonics, V.SU-28, No. 2, pp. 59–64, March 1981.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. [10]
    A. Rosencwaig, “Photoacoustics and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy”, John Wiley & Sons, 1980.Google Scholar
  11. [11]
    Y.H. Wong, “Scanning Photo-acoustic Microscopy”, Scanned Image Microscopy, Academic Press, 1980, pp. 247–271.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. F. Quate
    • 1
  • E. A. Ash
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering Edward L. Ginzton LaboratoryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK

Personalised recommendations