Ultrasound-Driven Microbubble Oscillation and Translation Within Small Phantom Vessels

Hairong Zheng, Paul A. Dayton, Charles Caskey, Shukui Zhao, Shengping Qin, Katherine W. Ferrara

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The use of ultrasound radiation force to manipulate microbubbles in blood vessels has attracted recent interest as a method to increase the efficiency of ultrasonic molecular imaging and drug delivery. However, recent studies indicate that microbubble oscillation is diminished within small blood vessels, and therefore we investigate microbubble oscillation and translation within 12 μm vessels using high-speed photography. With each 0.1- to 1-MPa ultrasound pulse, microbubbles (radius of 1, 1.5 and 2 μm) within 12 μm tubes translate 5 to 10 times less than those within 200 μm tubes. Application of a pulse train with a high pulse repetition frequency displaces bubbles to the wall of 12- and 200-μm tubes within an interval (∼1 s) that is reasonable for clinical translation. Modeling of coupled oscillation and translation for unconstrained microbubbles, based on a modified Rayleigh-Plesset (RP) and the trajectory equations, is compared with experimental observations and demonstrates agreement for the larger displacements observed within the 200 μm tubes. This study has implications for contrast-assisted ultrasound applications, aiding the manipulation of targeted microbubbles and for further theoretical understanding of the complex bubble dynamics within constrained vessel. (E-mail: kwferrara@ucdavis.edu).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1978-1987
Number of pages10
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Microvessel
  • Oscillation
  • Translation
  • Ultrasound contrast microbubbles
  • Ultrasound radiation force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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