This paper comprises a brief review of the ultrasonic propagation properties of biological media, with particular attention to those properties that are considered to influence, or to be otherwise useful in, the obtaining of significant diagnostic ultrasound information and those properties important in producing and assessing biological effects. The properties are discussed according to categories which emerge readily from the reported literature(1,2). Generalizations are then employed to characterize tissues from these categorical suggestions.


Ultrasonic Velocity Globular Protein Biological Medium Tissue Attenuation Decrease Water Content 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Dunn
    • 1
  1. 1.Bioacoustics Research LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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