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A Comparison Of Ultrasound Dynamic Focus Phased Arrays With Fixed Focus Mechanical Scanners
Author(s): Carolyn Kimme-Smith; James Winter; William King; Nancy Worthen
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Paper Abstract

Six real time units were compared in this study. Three units were mechanical sector scanners operating at 5. MHz or 7.5 MHz. Two phased arrays (one 3.5 MHz unit with dynamic focussing, and the other a fixed focus 5. MHz array) and a 5. MHz annular array were also tested. Two test objects were imaged: an anthropomorphic breast phantom and a gray scale test object with renal calculi, Thirty-seven images were evaluated by three radiologists specializing in ultrasound. They concluded that; 1) Even the most expensive 3.5 MHz dynamically focussed phased array could not compete with a 7.5 MHz or 5 MHz mechanical sector for imaging small structures in the 1. to 5. cm near the transducer; 2) Mechanical sector real time units whose focal zone is adjusted with a water bag do not produce images equivalent to the images produced by a phased array with dynamic focussing; 3) The cost of the unit is no guide to the quality of the image; 4) Sector images have more digital scan convertor mapping errors than rectangular images. This applies to both phased arrays and mechanical sectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 1985
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0535, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIII, (11 June 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.947261
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Carolyn Kimme-Smith, UCLA Medical School (United States)
James Winter, UCLA Medical School (United States)
William King, UCLA Medical School (United States)
Nancy Worthen, UCLA Medical Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0535:
Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIII
Samuel J. Dwyer; Roger H. Schneider, Editor(s)

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