Ultrasound pp 85-103 | Cite as

Biological Effects of Acoustic Cavitation

  • Edwin L. Carstensen


Although there is no basis in present knowledge to indicate that human subjects have been harmed in diagnostic applications of ultrasound, there is clear evidence of damage to lower organisms with temporal maximum intensities somewhat less than those available from certain diagnostic devices. Where exposures of this kind have caused clear effects, the mechanism of action appears to be related to the phenomenon of cavitation. It now remains to determine whether these observations have relevance for medical practice.


Acoustic Pressure Ultrasonic Irradiation Pulse Ultrasound Acoustic Cavitation Diagnostic Ultrasound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin L. Carstensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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