Adaptive Beamformer Combined with Phase Coherence Weighting Applied to Ultrafast Ultrasound
AbstractUltrafast ultrasound imaging is a promising technique for measurement of fast moving objects. In ultrafast ultrasound imaging, the high temporal resolution is realized at the expense of the lateral spatial resolution and image contrast. The lateral resolution and image contrast are important factors determining the quality of a B-mode image, and methods for improvements of the lateral resolution and contrast have been developed. In the present study, we focused on two signal processing techniques; one is an adaptive beamformer, and the other is the phase coherence factor (PCF). By weighting the output of the modified amplitude and phase estimation (mAPES) beamformer by the phase coherence factor, image quality was expected to be improved. In the present study, we investigated how to implement the PCF into the mAPES beamformer. In one of the two examined strategies, the PCF is estimated using element echo signals before application of the weight vector determined by the adaptive beamformer. In the other strategy, the PCF was evaluated from the element signals subjected to the mAPES beamformer weights. The performance of the proposed method was evaluated by the experiments using an ultrasonic imaging phantom. Using the proposed strategies, the lateral full widths at half maximum (FWHM) were both
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Mozumi, M.; Hasegawa, H. Adaptive Beamformer Combined with Phase Coherence Weighting Applied to Ultrafast Ultrasound. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 204.
Mozumi M, Hasegawa H. Adaptive Beamformer Combined with Phase Coherence Weighting Applied to Ultrafast Ultrasound. Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(2):204.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mozumi, Michiya; Hasegawa, Hideyuki. 2018. "Adaptive Beamformer Combined with Phase Coherence Weighting Applied to Ultrafast Ultrasound." Appl. Sci. 8, no. 2: 204.
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