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High resolution three-dimensional robotic synthetic tracked aperture ultrasound imaging: feasibility study
Author(s): Haichong K. Zhang; Ting Yun Fang; Rodolfo Finocchi; Emad M. Boctor
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Paper Abstract

Three dimensional (3D) ultrasound imaging is becoming a standard mode for medical ultrasound diagnoses. Conventional 3D ultrasound imaging is mostly scanned either by using a two dimensional matrix array or by motorizing a one dimensional array in the elevation direction. However, the former system is not widely assessable due to its cost, and the latter one has limited resolution and field-of-view in the elevation axis. Here, we propose a 3D ultrasound imaging system based on the synthetic tracked aperture approach, in which a robotic arm is used to provide accurate tracking and motion. While the ultrasound probe is moved by a robotic arm, each probe position is tracked and can be used to reconstruct a wider field-of-view as there are no physical barriers that restrict the elevational scanning. At the same time, synthetic aperture beamforming provides a better resolution in the elevation axis. To synthesize the elevational information, the single focal point is regarded as the virtual element, and forward and backward delay-andsum are applied to the radio-frequency (RF) data collected through the volume. The concept is experimentally validated using a general ultrasound phantom, and the elevational resolution improvement of 2.54 and 2.13 times was measured at the target depths of 20 mm and 110 mm, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10139, Medical Imaging 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 1013914 (13 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254707
Show Author Affiliations
Haichong K. Zhang, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Ting Yun Fang, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Rodolfo Finocchi, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Emad M. Boctor, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10139:
Medical Imaging 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Neb Duric; Brecht Heyde, Editor(s)

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