Noninvasive Measurement Of Fluid Characteristics Using Reversibly Deformed Conduit

Abstract

An apparatus for determining a characteristic for a fluid in a tube, the apparatus including a force applying system to cause a change in a transverse dimension of a segment of the tube, wherein the change in the transverse dimension is reversible, and an ultrasonic system that comprises a single transducer for launching and receiving ultrasonic signals. Ultrasonic signals propagate through the tube along colinear paths of different lengths that are orthogonal to the tube wall. At least one of the paths is located entirely within the segment. Each of the ultrasonic signals propagates through the tube wall in a first wall region and reflects from an inner surface of a second wall region. Path length differences between the paths are determined, and transit times are determined for each of the ultrasonic signals. The characteristic is determined based on information including the path length differences and the transit times.


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  • Publication: Jan 27, 2009
  • Application: Jul 13, 2006
    US US 48613806 A
  • Priority: Jul 13, 2006
    US US 48613806 A

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