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Fat ray ultrasound transmission tomography: preliminary experimental results with simulated data
Author(s): T. Hopp; F. Zuch; P-A. Comby; N. V. Ruiter
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Paper Abstract

Ultrasound transmission tomography is a promising modality for breast cancer diagnosis. For image reconstruc- tion approximations to the acoustic wave equation such as straight or bent rays are commonly used due to their low computational complexity. For sparse apertures the coverage of the volume by rays is very limited, thereby requiring strong regularization in the inversion process. The concept of fat rays reduces the sparseness and includes the contributions to the measured signal originating from the first Fresnel zone. In this work we investi- gate the application of the fat ray concept to ultrasound transmission tomography. We implement a straight ray, bent ray and fat ray forward model. For the inversion process a least squares solver (LSQR), a simultaneous al- gebraic reconstruction technique (SART) and a compressive sensing based total variation minimization (TVAL3) is applied. The combination of forward models and inversion processes has been evaluated by synthetic data. TVAL3 outperforms SART and LSQR, especially for sparse apertures. The fat ray concept is able to decrease the error with respect to the ground truth compared to the bent ray method especially for SART and LSQR inversion, and especially for very sparse apertures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2020
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11319, Medical Imaging 2020: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 113190M (16 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2548444
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T. Hopp, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
F. Zuch, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
P-A. Comby, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
N. V. Ruiter, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11319:
Medical Imaging 2020: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Brett C. Byram; Nicole V. Ruiter, Editor(s)

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