Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

2004 Lecturer: Joyce R. McLaughlin

Interior Elastodynamics Inverse Problems: Creating Shear Wave Speed Images of Tissue

The palpation exam, where the doctor presses against the skin to locate abnormal tissue, senses tissue stiffness changes. We create images of shear stiffness changes using data from Mathias Fink’s transient elastography experiment. That experiment yields time and space dependent interior displacements of a propagating elastic wave using an ultrafast ultrasound based imaging technique. In this talk, we present well-posedness results, algorithms and images utilizing positions of the propagating front of the wave.