Mechanical impedance of layered tissue

Hisao Oka, Takashi Trie

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The human body is a medium which consists of various tissues such as skin, fat, muscle and bone. Each of the tissues has their own biomechanical properties. We have measured biomechanical impedances by applying a random vibration (30-1000 Hz) to the layered model of human tissues to study the occurring mechanism of impedances measured at the skin surface. The data showed that the top tissue layer and the underlying layer both contribute to the impedance depending on the thickness of the top layer. The contribution of the underlying layer was clearer over the frequency range from 30 to 400 Hz. Quantitatively we found the following: The impedance measured at the surface was roughly expressed as the model which is connected in series by the impedances of the top and underlying tissues. The contribution of the underlying tissue decreased according to the increase of the thickness of the top tissue, and disappeared over a certain thickness (18 mm in this paper).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Progress through Technology
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Biomechanical properties
  • Human skin
  • Model approach
  • Random vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology


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