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Acoustic imaging of objects in optically opaque fluids

United States Patent Application

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The present invention is a method and an apparatus that can image objects immersed in optically opaque fluids using ultrasound in a confined space and in a harsh environment. If the fluid is not highly attenuating at frequencies above 1 MHz, where commercial ultrasound scanners are available, such scanners can be adapted for imaging in these fluids. In the case of highly attenuating fluids, such as drilling mud, then a low frequency collimated sound source is used.
Sinha, Dipen N. (Los Alamos, NM), Pantea, Cristian (Los Alamos, NM), Osterhoudt, Curtis F. (Los Alamos, NM)
12/ 925,658
October 26, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.