Ultrasound Physics and Technology

How, Why and When


  • Vivien Gibbs, DCR, DNM, DMU, MA, MBA, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of West of England, Bristol
  • David Cole, DCR, DMU, MSc, Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Ultrasound Programme Director, Division of Radiography, University of Central England, Birmingham
  • Antonio Sassano, BSc, MSc, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol

Written for health practitioners and students new to medical ultrasound, this book provides all the basic physics and technological knowledge they need in order to practise ultrasound effectively, including safety aspects of ultrasound, quality assurance and the latest techniques and developments.
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PgC, PgD, MSc and short courses in Medical Ultrasound; undergraduate radiography students


Book information

  • Published: June 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3041-3

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to diagnostic ultrasound
2. Principles and physics of ultrasound imaging - simple terminology definitions
3. The piezoelectric effect
4. Acoustic impedance
5. The ultrasound beam
6. Transducers
7. Resolution
8. Ultrasound interactions and attenuation
9. Artifacts
10. Instrumentation and controls
11. Physical principles of Doppler ultrasound
12. Ultrasound safety
13. Quality assurance and performance testing
14. Mew technology and recent advances in ultrasound imaging
15. Multiple choice questions, answers to multiple choice questions