Foundations of Biomedical Ultrasound provides a thorough and detailed treatment of the underlying physics and engineering of medical ultrasound practices. It covers the fundamental engineering behind ultrasound equipment, properties of acoustic wave motion, the behavior of waves in various media, non-linear waves and the creation of images. The most comprehensive book on the subject, Foundations of Biomedical Ultrasound is an indispensable reference for any medical professional working with ultrasound imaging, and a comprehensive introduction to the subject for students. The author has been researching and teaching biomedical ultrasonics at the University of Toronto for the past 25 years.
Reviewer:James Zagzebski, PhD(University of Wisconsin Medical School)
Description:This graduate level book describes the physics and technological basis of modern medical ultrasound systems.
Purpose:The author's intent is to provide a text for students interested in studying fundamental acoustics and recent medical applications and to provide a resource for technically oriented individuals working in the field, and the book meets both objectives very well.
Audience:The main audience will be graduate students in medical physics and engineering as well as clinical personnel engaged in ultrasound research who have good science and math backgrounds.
Features:The first five chapters cover topics in acoustic wave propagation, the basis for field calculations, various field profile analysis methods, such as the angular spectrum method, nonlinear propagation, and ultrasound scattering. A few (2-9) problems at the end of each of these chapters serve as a basis for further study. Chapters 6-10 delve into instrumentation, and include transducers, arrays, ultrasound imaging systems, Doppler, and pulsed methods for measuring flow. Each chapter is supplied with a wealth of references, particularly the latter ones on instrumentation and modern signal processing methods. Newer techniques and devices, such as CMUT transducers, coded excitation using both chirps and Golay codes, harmonic imaging, elasticity imaging, tissue Doppler, power Doppler, and volume flow estimations are explained, and there are numerous references for more detailed study. The chapter on ultrasound transducers reviews traditional and modern materials, including composites and relaxors, as well as mathematical models, and the instrumentation chapter includes conventional B-mode devices as well as intravascular systems and through transmission devices.
Assessment:This would be an excellent standalone text for a course on medical ultrasound physics, or alternatively, it would serve as a fine reference. Although it may not have the detailed wave physics as in, for example, Pierce's Acoustics: An Introduction to its Physical Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill, 1981), this book does not fall short on these basic topics. Moreover, it supplies a very complete treatment of how modern systems work, and thus, it should be on every ultrasound physicist's or engineer's bookshelf.