Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1303.6077 (Sven Peter Nasholm et al.)

SURF imaging beams in an aberrative medium: generation and
post-processing enhancement

Sven Peter Nasholm, Bjørn A. J. Angelsen
This paper presents numerical simulations of dual-frequency second-order ultrasound field (SURF) reverberation suppression transmit-pulse complexes. Such propagation was previously studied in a homogeneous medium. Here instead the propagation path includes a strongly aberrating body-wall modeled by a sequence of delay-screens. The applied SURF transmit pulse complexes each consist of a high-frequency imaging 3.5 MHz pulse combined with a low-frequency 0.5 MHz sound speed manipulation pulse. Furthermore, the feasibility of two signal post-processing methods are investigated using the aberrated transmit SURF beams. These methods are previously shown to adjust the depth of maximum SURF reverberation suppression within a homogeneous medium. The request of the study arises because imaging situations where reverberation suppression is useful are also likely to produce pulse wave-front distortion (aberration). Such distortions could potentially produce time-delays that cancel the accumulated propagation time-delay needed for the SURF reverberation suppression technique. Results show that both the generation of synthetic SURF reverberation suppression imaging transmit-beams, and the following post-processing adjustments, are attainable even when a body-wall introduces time-delays which are larger than previously reported delays measured on human body-wall specimens. The peer-reviewed version of this paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 59, no. 11, pp. 2588-2595, November 2012. DOI: 10.1109/TUFFC.2012.2494 The final version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TUFFC.2012.2494 The current e-print is typeset by the authors and differs in e.g. pagination and typographic detail.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.6077

No comments:

Post a Comment