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UWGSP8: a programmable ultrasound subsystem for native image processing
Author(s): Chris Basoglu; Jeff Reeve; Yongmin Kim; Steve Marquis
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Paper Abstract

Tremendous computational capabilities are required in modern ultrasound machines. Unique and very high data throughput rates combined with the demanding processing requirement have restricted the designs of such ultrasound machines to algorithm-specific hardware with limited programmability. Specialized electronic boards are dedicated to each of the several subsystems such as gray scale, color flow, and Doppler processing. In many cases, improving the functionality of an ultrasound machine requires hardware redesigns and replacements of boards or of the entire machine. These redesigns and replacements generally require significant expenditures in manpower, time, and cost, thus imposing stringent limits on the types of image processing which can be supported. In an effort to address these problems, we have architected and designed a high-performance programmable ultrasound processing subsystem, the UWGSP8, to fit within an existing ultrasound machine and support native ultrasound image processing. Its flexible design means that it can support a much wider range of ultrasound image processing algorithms than can be realized in any conventional fixed hardware design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2707, Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display, (15 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238466
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Basoglu, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Jeff Reeve, Univ. of Washington and Siemens Medical Systems Ultrasound Group (United States)
Yongmin Kim, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Steve Marquis, Siemens Medical Systems Ultrasound Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2707:
Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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