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1. US20170065253 - Ultrasound transducer assembly

Office United States of America
Application Number 15256029
Application Date 02.09.2016
Publication Number 20170065253
Publication Date 09.03.2017
Grant Number 10716542
Grant Date 21.07.2020
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01L 41/312
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
41Piezo-electric devices in general; Electrostrictive devices in general; Magnetostrictive devices in general; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
22Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the assembly, manufacture or treatment of piezo-electric or electrostrictive devices or of parts thereof
31Applying piezo-electric or electrostrictive parts or bodies onto an electrical element or another base
312by laminating or bonding of piezo-electric or electrostrictive bodies
H01L 41/338
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
41Piezo-electric devices in general; Electrostrictive devices in general; Magnetostrictive devices in general; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
22Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the assembly, manufacture or treatment of piezo-electric or electrostrictive devices or of parts thereof
33Shaping or machining of piezo-electric or electrostrictive bodies
335by machining
338by cutting or dicing
A61B 8/00
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
8Diagnosis using ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves
H01L 41/09
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
41Piezo-electric devices in general; Electrostrictive devices in general; Magnetostrictive devices in general; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
08Piezo-electric or electrostrictive elements
09with electrical input and mechanical output
G01N 29/24
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
29Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object
22Details
24Probes
B06B 1/06
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BGENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
1Processes or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
CPC
B06B 1/067
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BMETHODS OR APPARATUS FOR GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OF INFRASONIC, SONIC, OR ULTRASONIC FREQUENCY, ; e.g.; FOR PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK IN GENERAL
1Methods or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
0644using a single piezo-electric element
0662with an electrode on the sensitive surface
067which is used as, or combined with, an impedance matching layer
A61B 8/4494
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
8Diagnosis using ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves
44Constructional features of the ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic diagnostic device
4483characterised by features of the ultrasound transducer
4494characterised by the arrangement of the transducer elements
B06B 1/0622
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BMETHODS OR APPARATUS FOR GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OF INFRASONIC, SONIC, OR ULTRASONIC FREQUENCY, ; e.g.; FOR PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK IN GENERAL
1Methods or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
0607using multiple elements
0622on one surface
B06B 1/0644
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BMETHODS OR APPARATUS FOR GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OF INFRASONIC, SONIC, OR ULTRASONIC FREQUENCY, ; e.g.; FOR PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK IN GENERAL
1Methods or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
0644using a single piezo-electric element
G01N 29/2406
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
29Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object
22Details ; , e.g. general constructional or apparatus details
24Probes
2406Electrostatic or capacitive probes, e.g. electret or cMUT-probes
G01N 29/2437
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
NINVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
29Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object
22Details ; , e.g. general constructional or apparatus details
24Probes
2437Piezoelectric probes
Applicants FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.
Inventors Wei Li
Gregg Frey
Simon Hsu
Agents Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Title
(EN) Ultrasound transducer assembly
Abstract
(EN)

Ultrasound transducer assemblies and associated systems and method are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an ultrasound transducer assembly includes at least one matching layer overlies a transducer layer. A plurality of kerfs extends at least into the matching layer. In some aspects, the kerfs are at least partially filled with a filler material that includes microballoons and/or microspheres.