Special Collection: Ultrafast Contrast Imaging
- Molecular targeted nanodroplets that can extravasate beyond the vascular space have great potential to improve tumor detection and characterisation. High-frame-rate ultrasound, on the other hand, is an emerging tool for imaging at a frame rate one to two orders of magnitude higher than those of existing ultrasound systems. In this study, we used high-frame-rate ultrasound combined with optics to study the acoustic response and size distribution of folate receptor (FR)-targeted versus non-targeted (NT)-nanodroplets in vitro with MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells immediately after ultrasound activation.
- The disappearance of ultrasound contrast agents after disruption can provide useful information on their environment. However, in vivo acoustical imaging of this transient phenomenon, which has a duration on the order of milliseconds, requires high frame rates that are unattainable by conventional ultrasound scanners. In this article, ultrafast imaging is applied to microbubble tracking using a 128-element linear array and an elastography scanner. Contrast agents flowing in a wall-less tissue phantom are insonified with a high-intensity disruption pulse followed by a series of plane waves emitted at a 5 kHz PRF.