Dynamics of acoustic droplet vaporization in gas embolotherapy

Adnan Qamar*, Zheng Z. Wong, J. Brian Fowlkes, Joseph L. Bull

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Acoustic droplet vaporization is investigated in a theoretical model. This work is motivated by gas embolotherapy, a developmental cancer treatment involving tumor infarction with gas microbubbles that are selectively formed from liquid droplets. The results indicate that there exists a threshold value for initial droplet size below which the bubble evolution is oscillatory and above which it is smooth and asymptotic, and show that the vaporization process affects the subsequent microbubble expansion. Dampening of the bubble expansion is observed for higher viscosity and surface tension, with effects more pronounced for droplet size less than 6 μm in radius.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number143702
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was funded by NIH Grant No. R01EB006476.

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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