The purpose of the system is to make it possible to acquire multi-channel data in real-time from clinical multi-element ultrasound transducers, and to enable real-time or near realtime processing of the acquired data. The system will be capable of performing the processing for the currently available imaging methods, and will make it possible to perform initial trials in a clinical environment with new imaging modalities for synthetic aperture imaging, 2D and 3D B-mode and velocity imaging.
The system can be used with 128 element transducers and can excite 128 channels and receive and sample data from 64 channels simultaneously at 40 MHz with 12 bits precision. Data can be processed in real time using the system's 80 signal processing units or it can be stored directly in RAM. The system has 24 GBytes RAM and can thus store 8 seconds of multi-channel data. It is fully software programmable and its signal processing units can also be reconfigured under software control. The control of the system is done over an Ethernet using C and Matlab. Programs for doing e.g. B-mode imaging can directly be written in Matlab and executed on the system over the net from any workstation running Matlab. The overall system concept is presented and an example of a 20 lines script for doing phased array B-mode imaging is presented.
|Title of host publication||1999 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings|
|ISBN (Print)||0-7803-5722-1, 0-7803-5723-X|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||1999 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium - Lake Tahoe, NV, United States|
Duration: 17 Oct 1999 → 20 Oct 1999
|Conference||1999 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium|
|City||Lake Tahoe, NV|
|Period||17/10/1999 → 20/10/1999|
|Series||I E E E International Ultrasonics Symposium. Proceedings|