Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 667–671 | Cite as

One-dimensional computer simulation of a wave incident on randomly distributed inhomogeneities with reference to the scattering of ultrasound by blood

  • H. F. Routh
  • W. Gough
  • R. P. Williams
Medical Physics and Imaging


To further the understanding of the complex problem of scattering of ultrasound by blood the authors present a computer simulation of a simpler onedimensional analogue. Blood is modelled as a row of scatterers of constant thickness, separated by random intervals with a sinusoidal wave incident upon the row. The variation of backscattered power with haematocrit follows qualitatively that found experimentally by other workers for a suspension of erythrocytes in plasma. The model also indicates a large standard deviation of backscattered power analogous to that observed in blood.


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© IFMBE 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. F. Routh
    • 1
  • W. Gough
    • 1
  • R. P. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Viriamu Jones Laboratory, Department of PhysicsUniversity CollegeCardiffUK

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