Patent Number: 7,087,023

Title: Microfabricated ultrasonic transducers with bias polarity beam profile control and method of operating the same

Abstract: A capacitive microfabricated ultrasonic transducer with control of elevation phase through alternating bias polarity is disclosed. Such control of elevation phase results in simple ultrasonic probes with excellent slice thickness attributes. Furthermore, tight spatial variation of phase results in an effective way to achieve transmit aperture and apodization control. Further still, such capacitive microfabricated ultrasonic transducers can achieve elevation focus without the need of a lossy mechanical lens.

Inventors: Daft; Christopher M. W. (Pleasanton, CA), Wagner; Paul A. (Berkeley, CA), Ladabaum; Igal (San Carlos, CA)

Assignee: Sensant Corporation

International Classification: A61B 8/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018