Simulation Study of kHz Wave Modes Generated by a Wedge Embedded in Tissue

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Ultrasonic scalpels are well-known for their capability of cutting tissue. While previous studies have considered waves emitted into tissue from a blade-edge translated along the axis of the blade, limited attention has been paid on scalpels with the blade moving transversely. In this simulation study, our objective is to broaden understanding of the behaviour of different wave modes emitted from a transversely oscillating scalpel blade; modelled as a wedge embedded in viscoelastic material representing soft tissue. We observed shear waves emitted from the tip into the modelled tissue and surface waves emitted along the tissue surface. The results may give insights to cutting mechanisms associated with transversely moving ultrasonic scalpel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728154480
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 7 Sep 202011 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


ConferenceIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
Abbreviated titleIUS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
OtherVirtual conference


  • Khz frequencies
  • Liver
  • Maxwell
  • Shear waves
  • Surface waves
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Tissue modelling
  • Ultrasound
  • Viscoelastic
  • Wave propagation


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