Protective housing for ultrasonic transducer apparatus

  • US 6,800,987 B2
  • Filed: 01/22/2003
  • Issued: 10/05/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A housing for an ultrasound transducer comprising:

  • a base portion having an opening for receiving the ultrasound transducer; and

    a cylindrical portion extending from said base portion for surrounding the ultrasound transducer;

    said cylindrical portion comprising a plurality of slots disposed about said cylindrical portion for passing ultrasound radiation, said plurality of slots arranged in a predetermined fashion and spaced apart from one another such that the total area of said plurality of slots is about 55% of the area of said cylindrical portion, whereby said cylindrical portion operates as an impedance matching layer with the ultrasound radiation for increasing the sensitivity or output transmission of the transducer.

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