Numerical analysis on cross-shaped array with dynamic transmit focusing for enhanced volumetric ultrasound imaging

Suhyun Park, Hyun Wook Kang

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Abstract

Volumetric ultrasound imaging has been primarily used as a clinical tool to diagnose cardiac dysfunction. However, the modality still suffers from system complexity due to a large number of receive channels for volumetric reconstruction. The aim of the study was to numerically assess a cross-shaped sparse array with a dynamic transmit focusing method to reduce the system complexity and to compensate for the image quality of unfocused volumetric imaging. Analytical simulations with two-way point spread functions demonstrated that the cross-shaped sparse array entailed up to an 84% increase in side-lobes (up to 32 dB), thus leading to significant degradation of the point spread function in the diagonal plane. A dynamic transmit focusing method was able to vividly overcome the image degradation by transmitting more beams with tilting angles. This also yielded a comparable image sensitivity (65 dB) to that of the full array when 31 × 31 tilted waves were used. The proposed cross-shaped sparse array with the dynamic transit focusing method can be used to enhance the frame rate as well as the image quality for unfocused ultrasound imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Dynamic transmit focusing
  • Point spread function
  • Sparse array

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