Variations in Acoustic Velocity in Skeletal Muscle Determined by Acoustic Microscopy

  • F. Stephen Vinson
  • R. C. Eggleton
  • R. A. Meiss


It has been previously reported that the acoustic microscope can be used to measure changes in the elastic properties of muscle.1,2 Such changes could then be used to measure changes in cardiac contractility and other muscle properties in the fetal mouse heart organ culture model.3 The bulk modulus of elasticity of the muscle would be determined from the well-known relation
$$ {\rm{K}}\,{\rm{ = }}\,{\rm{\rho }}{{\rm{c}}^{\rm{2}}}\,\,, $$
where ρ is the tissue density and c is the velocity of sound in the muscle. Because the heart has a complex geometry, the frog sartorius muscle was chosen for initial determinations of velocity.


Transit Time Bulk Modulus Interference Fringe Myosin Head Acoustic Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Stephen Vinson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. C. Eggleton
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. A. Meiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.The Indianapolis Center for Advanced ResearchIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.Purdue Univ. School of Elec. Engrg., W. LafayetteUSA

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