Special Collection: Ultrafast Contrast Imaging
Quantification of Vaporised Targeted Nanodroplets Using High-Frame-Rate Ultrasound and OpticsMolecular 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.
Ultrafast Imaging of Ultrasound Contrast AgentsThe 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.