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Ultrasound tissue analysis and characterization
Author(s): John Kaufhold; Ray C. Chan; William Clement Karl; David A. Castanon
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Paper Abstract

On the battlefield of the future, it may become feasible for medics to perform, via application of new biomedical technologies, more sophisticated diagnoses and surgery than is currently practiced. Emerging biomedical technology may enable the medic to perform laparoscopic surgical procedures to remove, for example, shrapnel from injured soldiers. Battlefield conditions constrain the types of medical image acquisition and interpretation which can be performed. Ultrasound is the only viable biomedical imaging modality appropriate for deployment on the battlefield -- which leads to image interpretation issues because of the poor quality of ultrasound imagery. To help overcome these issues, we develop and implement a method of image enhancement which could aid non-experts in the rapid interpretation and use of ultrasound imagery. We describe an energy minimization approach to finding boundaries in medical images and show how prior information on edge orientation can be incorporated into this framework to detect tissue boundaries oriented at a known angle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3712, Battlefield Biomedical Technologies, (13 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.353013
Show Author Affiliations
John Kaufhold, Boston Univ. (United States)
Ray C. Chan, Boston Heart Foundation (United States)
William Clement Karl, Boston Univ. (United States)
David A. Castanon, Boston Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3712:
Battlefield Biomedical Technologies
Homer H. Pien, Editor(s)

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