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Out-of-plane motion estimation based on a Rician-Inverse Gaussian model of RF ultrasound signals: speckle tracking without fully developed speckle
Author(s): N. Afsham; M. Najafi; P. Abolmaesumi; R. Rohling
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Paper Abstract

Fully developed speckle has been used previously to estimate the out-of-plane motion of ultrasound images. However, in real tissue the rarity of such patterns and the presence of coherency diminish both the precision and the accuracy of the out-of-plane motion estimation. In this paper, for the first time, we propose a simple mathematical derivation for out-of-plane motion estimation in which the coherent and non-coherent parts of the RF echo signal are separated. This method is based on the Rician-Inverse Gaussian stochastic model of the speckle formation process, which can be considered as a generalized form of the K-distribution with richer parameterization. The flexibility of the proposed method allows considering any patch of the RF echo signal for the purpose of displacement estimation. The experimental results on real tissue demonstrate the potential of the proposed method for accurate out-of-plane estimation. The underestimation of motion in ex vivo bovine tissue at 1 mm displacement is reduced to 15.5% compared to 37% for a base-line method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8320, Medical Imaging 2012: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 832017 (24 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.911710
Show Author Affiliations
N. Afsham, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
M. Najafi, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
P. Abolmaesumi, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
R. Rohling, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

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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