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Accurate corneal thickness measurement using ultrasound
Author(s): Peijie Cao; WoHsing Chen; Neel Karkhanis; K. Kirk Shung
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we developed a faster and more accurate method for the detection of corneal thickness using an ultrasonic pulse-echo method. After a ultrasound pulse was transmitted to the cornea, the echo was received in radio frequency. The corneal thickness was calculated from the time interval between the two echoes reflected at front and rear interfaces of the cornea. The time interval between two echoes was obtained by detecting the peaks of the digitized echoes. A phase-adjusting method, which is superior to the often-used interpolation approach, was used to improve the time resolution. Based on this method, a MCS-8031 microprocessor based pachymeter for measuring corneal thickness was developed. The center frequency of the ultrasonic transducer works was 30MHz and the echoes were digitized at a 180MHz sampling frequency. The device showed an accuracy of 1 micrometers for 10 repeated measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4687, Medical Imaging 2002: Ultrasonic Imaging and Signal Processing, (11 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.462183
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Peijie Cao, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
WoHsing Chen, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Neel Karkhanis, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
K. Kirk Shung, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4687:
Medical Imaging 2002: Ultrasonic Imaging and Signal Processing
Michael F. Insana; William F. Walker, Editor(s)

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