Patent Number: 7,611,465

Title: Rapid and accurate detection of bone quality using ultrasound critical angle reflectometry

Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, method and system for determining the coefficient of elasticity of a target by detecting determining simultaneously two or more critical-angle reflections of an ultrasound wave from the target using an ultrasound transducer that includes a transmitter and two or more receivers and calculating the elasticity coefficients of the target.

Inventors: Antich; Peter P. (Richardson, TX), Pak; Charles Y. C. (Dallas, TX), Smith; Billy (Dallas, TX), Richer; Edmond (Dallas, TX), Lewis; Matthew A. (Farmers Branch, TX)

Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System

International Classification: A61B 8/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017