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Nonrigid motion estimation of ultrasound image sequences using an adaptive deformable mesh
Author(s): Fai Yeung; Stephen F. Levinson; Kevin J. Parker
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Paper Abstract

By exploiting the correlation of ultrasound speckle patterns that result from scattering by underlying tissue elements, 2D tissue motion can be theoretically recovered by tracking the apparent movement of the speckle patterns. Speckle tracking, however, is an ill-posed inverse problem because of temporal decorrelation of the speckle patterns and the inherent low signal-to-noise ratio of medical ultrasonic images. This paper investigates the use of an adaptive deformable mesh for non-rigid tissue motion recovery from ultrasound images. The nodes connecting the mesh elements are allocated adaptively to stable speckle patterns that are less susceptible to temporal decorrelation. We use the approach of finite element analysis in manipulating the irregular mesh elements. A novel deformable block matching algorithm, making use of a Lagrange element for higher-order description of local motions, is proposed to estimate a non- rigid motion vector at each node. In order to ensure that the motion estimates are admissible to a physically plausible solution, the nodal displacements are regularized by minimizing the strain energy of the mesh deformations. Experiments based on ultrasound images of muscle contraction and on computer simulations have shown that the proposed algorithm can successfully track non-rigid displacement fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3338, Medical Imaging 1998: Image Processing, (24 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310961
Show Author Affiliations
Fai Yeung, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Stephen F. Levinson, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kevin J. Parker, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3338:
Medical Imaging 1998: Image Processing
Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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