An ultrasonic transducer of the type containing a cylindrical piezoelectric active element mounted on a supporting tube is provided with a backing component made of an electrically and thermally insulating material forming a sleeve which extends between the piezoelectric element and the supporting tube. An insulating material is selected for the backing component which includes a substantial amount of entrained air. Preferably, the backing component is made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (EPTFE).


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