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Software phantom with realistic speckle modeling for validation of image analysis methods in echocardiography
Author(s): Yuen C. Law; Daniel Tenbrinck; Xiaoyi Jiang; Torsten Kuhlen
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Paper Abstract

Computer-assisted processing and interpretation of medical ultrasound images is one of the most challenging tasks within image analysis. Physical phenomena in ultrasonographic images, e.g., the characteristic speckle noise and shadowing effects, make the majority of standard methods from image analysis non optimal. Furthermore, validation of adapted computer vision methods proves to be difficult due to missing ground truth information. There is no widely accepted software phantom in the community and existing software phantoms are not exible enough to support the use of specific speckle models for different tissue types, e.g., muscle and fat tissue. In this work we propose an anatomical software phantom with a realistic speckle pattern simulation to _ll this gap and provide a exible tool for validation purposes in medical ultrasound image analysis. We discuss the generation of speckle patterns and perform statistical analysis of the simulated textures to obtain quantitative measures of the realism and accuracy regarding the resulting textures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9040, Medical Imaging 2014: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 90400C (20 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043393
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Yuen C. Law, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)
Daniel Tenbrinck, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
Xiaoyi Jiang, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
Torsten Kuhlen, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9040:
Medical Imaging 2014: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Johan G. Bosch; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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