Scattering of ultrasound by tissues

Chandra M. Sehgal, James F Greenleaf

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Scattering of ultrasound by biological tissues (continuous-inhomogeneous media) is discussed. An analytical expression for the attenuation due to scattering (αSC T) and backscatter coefficients (σT) of tissues are obtained. The results explain the variation of αSC T and σT with frequency for a number of tissues. The study also provides two statistical parameters, velocity fluctuation coefficient and correlation length, in terms of which the scattering of tissues can be defined quantitatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-80
Number of pages21
JournalUltrasonic Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984



  • Attenuation
  • backscattering
  • scattering
  • tissue characterization
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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