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Noninvasive assessment of vocal fold mucosal wave velocity using color doppler imaging.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11750743     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The vibratory movement of the vocal folds (VF) plays an important role in normal function of phonation. We developed a noninvasive technique to quantify the human mucosal wave velocity (MWV) in vivo using color Doppler imaging (CDI). During phonation, the motion of mucosa-air interface generates a unique pattern of US color artefacts that assist the identification of true VF location. An in vitro study using a vibrating string phantom was conducted to investigate how the CDI displayed a vibrating soft tissue at high frequency. The vibrating amplitude, frequency, mass density and the acoustic impedance of the soft tissues were found to dominate the formation of color artefacts. Based on the model of finite string with fixed ends, we estimated the mean MWV for 10 adult volunteers (6 men, 4 women, ages 34 +/- 5 years) with normal VF function. The mean MWVs for the men were found to vary from 2.1 to 10 m/s in a frequency range of 85 to 310 Hz at their comfortable pitch and intensity, and the women typically had higher MWVs that varied from 5.0 to 16.5 m/s in a frequency range of 180 to 480 Hz. The MWV increased linearly with the frequency and there was no observable difference in mucosa stiffness due to the effect of gender. The variation in MWV as it propagates vertically can be seen from the color and shape of the artefacts. The VF polyp resulted in abnormal MWV and different CDI vibratory artefacts. The CDI artefacts provide insight on the dynamics of mucosa structure during phonation, and the method presented is promising for noninvasive monitoring of laryngeal functions clinically.
Y W Shau; C L Wang; F J Hsieh; T Y Hsiao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in medicine & biology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0301-5629     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-25     Completed Date:  2002-02-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410553     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1451-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Phantoms, Imaging
Phonation / physiology
Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color* / instrumentation,  methods
Vocal Cords / physiology,  ultrasonography*

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