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A new method for the acquisition of ultrasonic strain image volumes.

Housden, RJ and Chen, L and Gee, AH and Treece, GM and Uff, C and Fromageau, J and Garcia, L and Prager, RW and Dorward, NL and Bamber, JC (2011) A new method for the acquisition of ultrasonic strain image volumes. Ultrasound Med Biol, 37. pp. 434-441.

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Abstract

This article presents a new method for acquiring three-dimensional (3-D) volumes of ultrasonic axial strain data. The method uses a mechanically-swept probe to sweep out a single volume while applying a continuously varying axial compression. Acquisition of a volume takes 15-20 s. A strain volume is then calculated by comparing frame pairs throughout the sequence. The method uses strain quality estimates to automatically pick out high quality frame pairs, and so does not require careful control of the axial compression. In a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments, we quantify the image quality of the new method and also assess its ease of use. Results are compared with those for the current best alternative, which calculates strain between two complete volumes. The volume pair approach can produce high quality data, but skillful scanning is required to acquire two volumes with appropriate relative strain. In the new method, the automatic quality-weighted selection of image pairs overcomes this difficulty and the method produces superior quality images with a relatively relaxed scanning technique.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Algorithms Animals Elasticity Imaging Techniques Humans Image Enhancement Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted Imaging, Three-Dimensional Organ Size Phantoms, Imaging Reproducibility of Results Sensitivity and Specificity
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Machine Intelligence
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:44
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:14
DOI: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2010.12.009