Development and Evaluation of a Close-Proximity, Real Time Thermoacoustic Ultrasound Sensor

  • Author / Creator
    Choi, Michael
  • A close proximity, real time thermoacoustic sensor was designed, tested, and implemented in the SonaCell ultrasound generator. When placed in contact with the SonaCell ultrasound transducer, a copper backed plexiglass absorber converted ultrasound energy into heat, where it was measured by a thermistor on the back face of the absorber. A transient model was used to calculated ultrasound intensity from temperature data by fitting the curve Tave=C(1-e^((-t)/τ) )+ T0 to the measured data using a least squares method and relating the coefficient C to the applied ultrasound intensity. Over an ultrasound intensity range of 30 mW/cm^2 to 100 mW/cm^2 the thermoacoustic sensor was able to calculate ultrasound intensities with an average error of 8.38% and a maximum observed standard deviation of 5.00 mW/cm^2 when compared to measurements made with a radiation force balance. Analysis of the model and a full evaluation of the designed sensor was carried out.

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    Spring 2012
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    Master of Science
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