Silicone-based composite materials simulate breast tissue to be used as ultrasonography training phantoms

Ustbas B., Kilic D., Bozkurt A., Aribal M. E., Akbulut O.

ULTRASONICS, vol.88, pp.9-15, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 88
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ultras.2018.03.001
  • Journal Name: ULTRASONICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-15
  • Keywords: Breast phantom, Tissue mimicking, Breast ultrasonography, Silicone composites, ULTRASOUND, CANCER, MAMMOGRAPHY, DISEASES, COMMON, WOMEN, MRI
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


A silicone-based composite breast phantom is fabricated to be used as an education model in ultrasonography training. A matrix of silicone formulations is tracked to mimic the ultrasonography and tactile response of human breast tissue. The performance of two different additives: (i) silicone oil and (ii) vinyl-terminated poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) are monitored by a home-made acoustic setup. Through the use of 75 wt% vinyl-terminated PDMS in two-component silicone elastomer mixture, a sound velocity of 1.29 +/- 0.09 x 10(3) m/s and an attenuation coefficient of 12.99 +/- 0.08 dB/cm-values those match closely to the human breast tissue-are measured with 5 MHz probe. This model can also be used for needle biopsy as well as for self-exam trainings. Herein, we highlight the fabrication of a realistic, durable, accessible, and cost-effective training platform that contains skin layer, inner breast tissue, and tumor masses. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.