Nonlinear ultrasound imaging methods such as tissue harmonic imaging (THI) and pulse inversion (PI) have improved image quality, but have shortcomings that reduce their specificity. These limitations stem from loss of axial resolutions due to bandwidth restrictions, sensitivity to motion artifacts due to multiple transmissions per image line, loss of dynamic range due to echo subtraction etc. Several variants of these methods to overcome their limitations are being investigated by research groups worldwide. In this paper, we have developed a band selective quadratic Volterra filter capable of extracting nonlinear echo components throughout the entire bandwidth for improved spatial and contrast resolution. The performance of the proposed method is compared with the existing imaging techniques such as PI and truncated SVD (TSVD) quadratic kernel design method. Imaging results from a quality assurance phantom without ultrasound contrast agents (UCA) as well as an in vivo porcine kidney data with UCA are used to demonstrate applicability of the proposed Volterra filter as a nonlinear echo separation model irrespective of the source of nonlinearity. The new band selective kernel design method is shown to enhance contrast and lateral resolution while preserving axial resolution without the need for multiple transmission per A-line.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ISBI 2022 - Proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||2022 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|State||Published - 2022|
|Event||19th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2022 - Kolkata, India|
Duration: Mar 28 2022 → Mar 31 2022
|Name||2022 IEEE 19th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)|
|Conference||19th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2022|
|Period||3/28/22 → 3/31/22|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Minnesota has filed a provisional patent application based on this and other aspects of nonlinear filtering of ultrasound echo data.
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- Nonlinear ultrasound imaging
- Ultrasound Contrast Agents
- Volterra filter