A Methodology for Anatomic Ultrasound Image Diagnostic Quality Assessment

Martin Christian Hemmsen, Theis Lange, Andreas Hjelm Brandt, Michael Bachmann Nielsen, Jørgen Arendt Jensen

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    This paper discusses methods for assessment of ultrasound image quality based on our experiences with evaluating new methods for anatomic imaging. It presents a methodology to ensure a fair assessment between competing imaging methods using clinically relevant evaluations. The methodology is valuable in the continuing process of method optimization and guided development of new imaging methods. It includes a three phased study plan covering from initial prototype development to clinical assessment. Recommendations to the clinical assessment protocol, software, and statistical analysis are presented. Earlier uses of the methodology has shown that it ensures validity of the assessment, as it separates the influences between developer, investigator, and assessor once a research protocol has been established. This separation reduces confounding influences on the result from the developer to properly reveal the clinical value. The paper exemplifies the methodology using recent studies of Synthetic Aperture Sequential Beamforming tissue harmonic imaging.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalI E E E Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
    Issue number1
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    • Imaging
    • Image quality
    • Ultrasonic imaging
    • Medical services
    • Optimization
    • Prototypes
    • Protocols


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