Reconstruction algorithm for improved ultrasound image quality

Citation:

B Madore and FC Meral. 2012. “Reconstruction algorithm for improved ultrasound image quality.” IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq ControlIEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control, 59, Pp. 217-30.

Abstract:

A new algorithm is proposed for reconstructing raw RF data into ultrasound images. Previous delay-and-sum beamforming reconstruction algorithms are essentially one-dimensional, because a sum is performed across all receiving elements. In contrast, the present approach is two-dimensional, potentially allowing any time point from any receiving element to contribute to any pixel location. Computer-intensive matrix inversions are performed once, in advance, to create a reconstruction matrix that can be reused indefinitely for a given probe and imaging geometry. Individual images are generated through a single matrix multiplication with the raw RF data, without any need for separate envelope detection or gridding steps. Raw RF data sets were acquired using a commercially available digital ultrasound engine for three imaging geometries: a 64-element array with a rectangular field-of- view (FOV), the same probe with a sector-shaped FOV, and a 128-element array with rectangular FOV. The acquired data were reconstructed using our proposed method and a delay- and-sum beamforming algorithm for comparison purposes. Point spread function (PSF) measurements from metal wires in a water bath showed that the proposed method was able to reduce the size of the PSF and its spatial integral by about 20 to 38%. Images from a commercially available quality-assurance phantom had greater spatial resolution and contrast when reconstructed with the proposed approach.

Notes:

Madore, BrunoMeral, F CanR01EB010195/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R21 EB009503-02/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R21EB009503/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/P41RR019703/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P41 RR019703/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P41 EB015898/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R01 EB010195/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/P41 EB015898-08/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R21 EB009503/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R01 CA149342/CA/NCI NIH HHS/R01 EB010195-03/EB/NIBIB NIH HHS/R01CA149342/CA/NCI NIH HHS/IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2012 Feb;59(2):217-30. doi: 10.1109/TUFFC.2012.2182.
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