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Suitability of a point-contact SAW-based stiffness transducer for biomedical applications

TitleSuitability of a point-contact SAW-based stiffness transducer for biomedical applications
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsParmar, BJ, Rajanna, K, Nayak, MM
Conference NameIEEE Sensors, 2005.
Date PublishedOct
KeywordsAcoustic signal detection, Acoustic waves, Biological materials, biological tissues, biomedical applications, biomedical transducers, force measurement, Instruments, metallic substrate, Microscopy, noncontact diagnosis, noninvasive diagnosis, nonmetallic substrates, nonpiezoelectric substrates, patient diagnosis, point-contact method, SAW transducer, stiffness transducer, surface acoustic wave transducers, surface acoustic waves, tissue stiffness analysis, Ultrasonic imaging, Ultrasonic transducers

Methods of diagnosis in biomedical applications can be broadly divided into contact and noncontact based methods. So far, ultrasound based methods have been found to be most favorable for noncontact, noninvasive diagnosis, especially in the case of tissue stiffness analysis. We report here, the fabrication and characterization details of a contact based transducer system for qualitative determination of the stiffnesses of nonpiezoelectric substrates using the phenomenon of surface acoustic waves (SAW). Preliminary trials to study the functionality of this system were carried out on various metallic and nonmetallic substrates, and the results were found to be satisfactory. To confirm the suitability of this system for biomedical applications, similar trials have been conducted on tissue mimicking phantoms with varying degrees of stiffness