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3D refraction-corrected transmission reconstruction for 3D ultrasound computer tomography
Author(s): Robin Dapp; Hartmut Gemmeke; Nicole Ruiter
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Paper Abstract

Speed of sound imaging is an important modality used in medical ultrasound applications. We developed a 3D ultrasound computer tomograph (3D USCT) which is capable of reflection and transmission tomography. Most 3D tomography reconstruction methods like the algebraic reconstruction technique rely on the assumption that the transmission rays propagate straightly from emitter to receiver, which is not valid for ultrasound. Due to refractions in the tissue the rays are bent rather than straight. To overcome this problem we use a 3D Eikonal solver that calculates the bent ray paths for the transmission pulses and include it into our Compressive Sampling reconstruction framework. Using an iterative scheme we show results for synthetic and real data. The shape and the outline of the phantoms reconstructed with the bent-ray method match the reflection reconstructions better and for synthetic data the speed of sound is closer to the speed of sound in the phantom by approximately 1.2 m/s.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8320, Medical Imaging 2012: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 832014 (24 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.911266
Show Author Affiliations
Robin Dapp, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Hartmut Gemmeke, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Nicole Ruiter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8320:
Medical Imaging 2012: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Johan G. Bosch; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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