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Development of a portable therapeutic and high intensity ultrasound system for military, medical, and research use

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Lewis, George K. ; Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA ; Olbricht, William L.

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We have developed a portable high power ultrasound system with a very low output impedance amplifier circuit (less than 0.3 Ω) that can transfer more than 90% of the energy from a battery supply to the ultrasound transducer. The system can deliver therapeutic acoustical energy waves at lower voltages than those in conventional ultrasound systems because energy losses owing to a mismatched impedance are eliminated. The system can produce acoustic power outputs over the therapeutic range (greater then 50 W) from a PZT-4, 1.54 MHz, and 0.75 in diameter piezoelectric ceramic. It is lightweight, portable, and powered by a rechargeable battery. The portable therapeutic ultrasound unit has the potential to replace “plug-in” medical systems and rf amplifiers used in research. The system is capable of field service on its internal battery, making it especially useful for military, ambulatory, and remote medical applications.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 11 )

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Nov 2008

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