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Dynamics of Single Cavitation Bubble Oscillation Inside an Elastic Tube

[+] Author Affiliations
Georgy N. Sankin, Pei Zhong

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. IMECE2007-43991, pp. 321-322; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4296-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Understanding the dynamics of bubble oscillation in tissue-constrained media such as within blood vessels is important for many current and potential therapeutic ultrasound applications. Cavitation is a primary mechanism responsible for vessel rupture and tissue injury in shock wave lithotripsy [1]. In sonoporation cavitation can be used to increase permeability of biological membranes. Particularly, ultrasound contrast agents are widely used for imaging of blood vessels and for enhancement of ultrasound-mediated gene delivery [2]. Modeling of non-linear oscillations of bubbles in acrylic capillaries in a high-intensity focused ultrasound field revealed a clear dependence of bubble displacement and fragmentation on tube diameter [3]. However, the effect of elastic boundary on bubble dynamics may differ significantly from that of a rigid boundary [4, 5]. In this study, experimental investigation of the dynamics of bubble oscillation in an elastic tube was performed and preliminary results from tubes of different inner diameters are presented.

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