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Visual detectability of elastic contrast in real-time ultrasound images
Author(s): Naomi R. Miller; Jeffery C. Bamber; Marvin M. Doyley; Martin O. Leach
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Paper Abstract

Elasticity imaging (EI) has recently been proposed as a technique for imaging the mechanical properties of soft tissue. However, dynamic features, known as compressibility and mobility, are already employed to distinguish between different tissue types in ultrasound breast examination. This method, which involves the subjective interpretation of tissue motion seen in real-time B-mode images during palpation, is hereafter referred to as differential motion imaging (DMI). The purpose of this study was to develop the methodology required to perform a series of perception experiments to measure elastic lesion detectability by means of DMI and to obtain preliminary results for elastic contrast thresholds for different lesion sizes. Simulated sequences of real-time B-scans of tissue moving in response to an applied force were generated. A two-alternative forced choice (2-AFC) experiment was conducted and the measured contrast thresholds were compared with published results for lesions detected by EI. Although the trained observer was found to be quite skilled at the task of differential motion perception, it would appear that lesion detectability is improved when motion information is detected by computer processing and converted to gray scale before presentation to the observer. In particular, for lesions containing fewer than eight speckle cells, a signal detection rate of 100% could not be achieved even when the elastic contrast was very high.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3036, Medical Imaging 1997: Image Perception, (16 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271300
Show Author Affiliations
Naomi R. Miller, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Jeffery C. Bamber, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Marvin M. Doyley, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)
Martin O. Leach, Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3036:
Medical Imaging 1997: Image Perception
Harold L. Kundel, Editor(s)

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