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A new high definition zoom method based on compounded direct pixel beamforming for medical ultrasound imaging: preliminary results
Author(s): Sungsoo Yoon; Jongpil Lee; Jin Ho Chang; Tai-Kyong Song; Yangmo Yoo
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Paper Abstract

Conventional ultrasound imaging based on scan conversion suffers from blurring artifacts caused by interpolation[1]. Especially, when zooming an image for enlarging lesions during scan conversion (i.e., read-zoom), this blurring artifact becomes severe. To reduce blurring artifacts, a write-zoom method was previously proposed. However, it still presents blurring artifacts and lowers the frame rate due to increased line density. In this paper, a new high definition zoom method based on compounded direct pixel beamforming (CDPB) capable enhancing the detail and boundary of lesions is presented. The performance of the proposed method was evaluated with phantom and in vivo experiments by measuring the information entropy contrast (IEC). The radio-frequency channel data were acquired by using a 3.5-MHz convex array transducer with the SonixTouch research platform (Ultrasonix Medical Corp., Vancouver, BC, Canada). The enlarged images using a new high-definition zoom method based on CDPB (i.e., HDZ-CDPB) with 128 transmit scanlines were reconstructed along with read- and write zoom (RZ and WZ) images based on scan conversion by using 128 and 256 transmit scanlines, respectively. From the phantom experiments, the IEC value with the proposed HDZCDPB method was enhanced by maximally 42% and 29% compared to the RZ and WZ methods, respectively. This preliminary results indicate that the proposed HDZ-CDPB method would be useful for generating a high definition ultrasound zoom image with improved image quality compared to the conventional scan conversion based methods (i.e., RZ and WZ) while achieving the high frame rate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8675, Medical Imaging 2013: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 86751H (29 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003452
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Sungsoo Yoon, Sogang Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Jongpil Lee, Sogang Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Jin Ho Chang, Sogang Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Tai-Kyong Song, Sogang Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Yangmo Yoo, Sogang Univ. (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8675:
Medical Imaging 2013: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Johan G. Bosch; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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