In Vivo Determination of the Complex Elastic Moduli of Cetacean Head Tissue
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The overall goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a system for non-invasive in vivo measurement of the complex elastic moduli stiffnesses and loss factors of cetacean head soft tissues. This system is ultimately intended to provide a portable diagnostic capability for use in stranded animal assessments. The primary objective of this project is to develop an ultrasound-based system for non-invasive determination of in vivo shear and bulk properties of cetacean soft tissues, including jaw fats and brain. The ultimate goal is to field a prototype system for examinations of stranded animals. Data collected with this system is intended to provide 1 basic knowledge of in vivo tissue viscoelastic properties, and 2 a potential basis for diagnostics of tissue pathologies.