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Oleg Sapozhnikov

Senior Principal Engineer






Characterizing Medical Ultrasound Sources and Fields

For every medical ultrasound transducer it's important to characterize the field it creates, whether for safety of imaging or efficacy of therapy. CIMU researchers measure a 2D acoustic pressure distribution in the beam emanating from the source transducer and then reconstruct mathematically the exact field on the surface of the transducer and in the entire 3D space.

11 Sep 2017

Mechanical Tissue Ablation with Focused Ultrasound

An experimental noninvasive surgery method uses nonlinear ultrasound pulses to liquefy tissue at remote target sites within a small focal region without damaging intervening tissues.

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23 Mar 2017

Boiling histotripsy utilizes sequences of millisecond-duration HIFU pulses with high-amplitude shocks that form at the focus by nonlinear propagation effects. Due to strong attenuation of the ultrasound energy at the shocks, these nonlinear waves rapidly heat tissue and generate millimeter-sized boiling bubbles at the focus within each pulse. Then the further interaction of subsequent shocks with the vapor cavity causes tissue disintegration into subcellular debris through the acoustic atomization mechanism.

The method was proposed at APL-UW in collaboration with Moscow State University (Russia) and now is being evaluated for various clinical applications. It has particular promise because of its important clinical advantages: the treatment of tissue volumes can be accelerated while sparing adjacent structures and not injuring intervening tissues; it generates precisely controlled mechanical lesions with sharp margins; the method can be implemented in existing clinical systems; and it can be used with real-time ultrasound imaging for targeting, guidance, and evaluation of outcomes. In addition, compared to thermal ablation, BH may lead to faster resorption of the liquefied lesion contents.

Burst Wave Lithotripsy: An Experimental Method to Fragment Kidney Stones

CIMU researchers are investigating a noninvasive method to fragment kidney stones using ultrasound pulses rather than shock waves. Consecutive acoustic cycles accumulate and concentrate energy within the stone. The technique can be 'tuned' to create small fragments, potentially improving the success rate of lithotripsy procedures.

20 Nov 2014

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2000-present and while at APL-UW

Method for designing multi-element fully populated random phased arrays for ultrasound surgery applications

Rosnitskiey, P.B., B.A. Vysrokanov, L.R. Gavrilov, O.A. Sapozhnikov, and V.A. Khokhlova, "Method for designing multi-element fully populated random phased arrays for ultrasound surgery applications," IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelectr. Freq. Control, EOR, doi:10.1109/TUFFC.2018.2800160, 2018.

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18 Jan 2018

Maximizing the power of multi-element phased arrays is a critical factor for high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) applications such as histotripsy and transcostal sonications. This can be achieved by a tight packing of the array elements. Good electronic focusing capabilities are also required. Currently used quasi-random arrays with a relatively low filling factor of about 60% have this focusing ability. Here, a novel method of designing random HIFU arrays with the maximum possible filling factor (100% if no gaps between elements needed in practice are introduced) and polygonal elements of equal area and slightly different shape based on the capacity-constrained tessellation is described. The method is validated by comparing designs of two arrays with the same geometric and physical parameters: an existing 256-element array with a compact 16-spirals layout of circular elements and the proposed array with the maximum possible filling factor. Introduction of a 0.5 mm gap between the elements of the new array resulted in a reduction of its filling factor to 86% as compared with 61% for the spiral array. It is shown that for the same intensity at the elements, the proposed array provides two times higher total power while maintaining the same electronic focusing capabilities as compared to the spiral one. Furthermore, the surface of the capacity-constrained tessellation array, its boundary, and a central opening can have arbitrary shapes.

The role of trapped bubbles in kidney stone detection with the color Doppler ultrasound twinkling artifact

Simon, J.C., O.A. Sapozhnikov, W. Kreider, M. Breshock, J.C. Williams Jr., and M.R. Bailey, "The role of trapped bubbles in kidney stone detection with the color Doppler ultrasound twinkling artifact," Phys. Med. Biol., 63, 025011, doi:10.1088/1361-6560/aa9a2f, 2018.

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9 Jan 2018

The color Doppler ultrasound twinkling artifact, which highlights kidney stones with rapidly changing color, has the potential to improve stone detection; however, its inconsistent appearance has limited its clinical utility. Recently, it was proposed stable crevice bubbles on the kidney stone surface cause twinkling; however, the hypothesis is not fully accepted because the bubbles have not been directly observed. In this paper, the micron or submicron-sized bubbles predicted by the crevice bubble hypothesis are enlarged in kidney stones of five primary compositions by exposure to acoustic rarefaction pulses or hypobaric static pressures in order to simultaneously capture their appearance by high-speed photography and ultrasound imaging. On filming stones that twinkle, consecutive rarefaction pulses from a lithotripter caused some bubbles to reproducibly grow from specific locations on the stone surface, suggesting the presence of pre-existing crevice bubbles. Hyperbaric and hypobaric static pressures were found to modify the twinkling artifact; however, the simple expectation that hyperbaric exposures reduce and hypobaric pressures increase twinkling by shrinking and enlarging bubbles, respectively, largely held for rough-surfaced stones but was inadequate for smoother stones. Twinkling was found to increase or decrease in response to elevated static pressure on smooth stones, perhaps because of the compression of internal voids. These results support the crevice bubble hypothesis of twinkling and suggest the kidney stone crevices that give rise to the twinkling phenomenon may be internal as well as external.

Design and characterization of a 2-dimensional focused 1.5-MHz ultrasound array with a compact spiral arrangement of 256 circular elements

Sapozhnikov, O., M. Ghanem, A. Maxwell, P. Rosnitskiy, P. Yuldashev, W. Kreider, B. Cunitz, M. Bailey, and V. Khokhlova, "Design and characterization of a 2-dimensional focused 1.5-MHz ultrasound array with a compact spiral arrangement of 256 circular elements," Proc., IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, 6-9 September, Washington, D.C., doi:10.1109/ULTSYM.2017.8092165 (IEEE, 2017).

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2 Nov 2017

Multi-element ultrasound arrays are increasingly used in clinical practice for both imaging and therapy. In therapy, they allow electronic steering, aberration correction, and focusing. To avoid grating lobes, an important requirement for such an array is the absence of periodicity in the arrangement of the elements. A convenient solution is the arrangement of the elements along spirals. The objective of this work was to design, fabricate, and characterize an array for boiling histotripsy applications that is capable of generating shock waves in the focus of up to 100 MPa peak pressure while having a reasonable electronic steering range.

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Design of a Transrectal Ultrasound Probe for Boiling Histotripsy Ablation of Prostate

Record of Invention Number: 48264

Tanya Khokhlova, Oleg Sapozhnikov, George Schade


6 Feb 2018

Imaging Bubbles in a Medium

Patent Number: 9,743,909

Oleg Sapozhnikov, Mike Bailey, Joo Ha Hwang, Tatiana Khokhlova, Vera Khokhlova, Tong Li, Matthew O'Donnell

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29 Aug 2017

A method for imaging a cavitation bubble includes producing a vibratory wave that induces a cavitation bubble in a medium, producing one or more detection waves directed toward the induced cavitation bubble, receiving one or more reflection waves, identifying a change in one or more characteristics of the induced cavitation bubble, and generating an image of the induced cavitation bubble using a computing device on the basis of the identified change in the one or more characteristics. The one or more received reflection waves correspond to at least one of the one or more produced detection waves reflection from the induced cavitation bubble. The identified change in one or more characteristics corresponds to the one or more received reflection waves.

Methods and Systems for Non-invasive Treatment of Tissue Using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy

Patent Number: 9,700,742

Michael Canney, Mike Bailey, Larry Crum, Joo Ha Hwang, Tatiana Khokhlova, Vera Khokhlova, Wayne Kreider, Oleg Sapozhnikov

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11 Jul 2017

Methods and systems for non-invasive treatment of tissue using high intensity focused ultrasound ("HIFU") therapy. A method of non-invasively treating tissue in accordance with an embodiment of the present technology, for example, can include positioning a focal plane of an ultrasound source at a target site in tissue. The ultrasound source can be configured to emit HIFU waves. The method can further include pulsing ultrasound energy from the ultrasound source toward the target site, and generating shock waves in the tissue to induce boiling of the tissue at the target site within milliseconds. The boiling of the tissue at least substantially emulsifies the tissue.

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