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Frequency division multiple transmission method to utilize the wide bandwidth property of capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer arrays
Author(s): Seunghun Lee; Bae-Hyung Kim; Taeho Jeon; Youngil Kim; Kyungil Cho; Jongkeun Song
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Paper Abstract

CMUT-on-ASIC integration techniques are promising for the development of lower cost smaller volume scanners with higher performance in terms of features and image qualities because it minimizes parasitic capacitances and ultimately improves signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Moreover, a frequency bandwidth of CMUT array is known as relatively broader than that of other ultrasonic transducer arrays. To utilize the wide bandwidth characteristic of the CMUT arrays, in this paper, we introduce a FDMA (frequency division multiple access) based ultrasound imaging technique using orthogonally band-divided coded signals to provide dynamic transmit focused imaging without sacrificing the frame rate. In the presented method, the orthogonal sub-band coded signals are simultaneously fired on multiple ranges, in which each signal is focused at a different range, in one transmission event. This paper also presents an ultrasound imageformation method and a modulation and demodulation process of orthogonal sub-band coded signals designed within the frequency bandwidth of the CMUT arrays. The presented method is verified by computer simulations using Field II and experiments. The simulation results using a computer generated tissue mimicking phantom show that the presented method can be achieved with both increased image quality and frame rate. The experimental results to verify the feasibility of the presented method using orthogonal sub-band coded signals show that the reflected signals from targets are successfully separated into two compressed signals. Currently, we are extending the presented approach to ultrasound imaging technique for volumetric ultrasound scanners using 2-D CMUT-on-ASIC arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8675, Medical Imaging 2013: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 86750Q (29 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2006719
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Seunghun Lee, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Bae-Hyung Kim, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Taeho Jeon, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Youngil Kim, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Kyungil Cho, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)
Jongkeun Song, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Korea, Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8675:
Medical Imaging 2013: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Johan G. Bosch; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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