Here we present optical tweezers as a micromanipulation tool for the study of ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) microbubbles. Optical trapping and the resulting manipulation of individual and multiple microbubbles enables the study of their dynamics with controlled boundary conditions. The bubble response to ultrasound is recorded optically using the ultra high-speed Brandaris 128 camera. In our experiments, the amplitude of bubble oscillations was found to be strongly influenced by the vicinity of the sample chamber wall. Experiments with two trapped bubbles also showed a considerable influence of the neighboring bubble on the amplitude of oscillations of the other one.
|Title of host publication||2006 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2006|
- Bubble-to-bubble interactions
- Microbubble dynamics
- Optical tweezers
- Ultrasound contrast agents