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Transducer Combination for High-Quality Ultrasound Tomography Based on Speed of Sound Imaging
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Transducer Combination for High-Quality Ultrasound Tomography Based on Speed of Sound Imaging
Kim, Young Hun; Park, Kwan Kyu;
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The type of ultrasound transducer used influences the quality of a reconstructed ultrasound image. This study analyzed the effect of transducer type on ultrasound computed tomography (UCT) image quality. The UCT was modeled in an ultrasound simulator by using a 5 cm anatomy model and a ring-shape 5 MHz 128 transducer array, which considered attenuation, refraction, and reflection. Speed-of-sound images were reconstructed by the Radon transform as the UCT image modality. Acoustic impedance images were also reconstructed by the delay-and-sum (DAS) method, which considered the speed of sound information. To determine the optimal combination of transducers in observation, point-source, flat, and focused transducers were tested in combination as trasmitters and receivers; UCT images were constructed from each combination. The combination of point-source/flat transducer as transmitting and receiving devices presented the best reconstructed image quality. In UCT implementation, the combination of a flat transducer for transmitting and a point transducer for receiving permitted acceptable image quality.
Ultrasound;Computed Tomography (CT);Radon Transform;Delay and Sum;Transducer;Time of Flight;Simulation;Acoustics;
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