Tissue Harmonic Synthetic Aperture Ultrasound Imaging

Martin Christian Hemmsen, Joachim Rasmussen, Jørgen Arendt Jensen

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Synthetic aperture sequential beamforming (SASB) and tissue har- monic imaging (THI) are combined to improve the image quality of medical ultrasound imaging. The technique is evaluated in a compar- ative study against dynamic receive focusing (DRF). The objective is to investigate if SASB combined with THI improves the image qual- ity compared to DRF-THI. The major benet of SASB is a reduced bandwidth between the probe and processing unit. A BK Medical 2202 Ultraview ultrasound scanner was used to acquire beamformed RF data for oine evaluation. The acquisition was made interleaved between methods, and data were recorded with and without pulse inversion for tissue harmonic imaging. Data were acquired using a Sound Technol- ogy 192 element convex array transducer from both a wire phantom and a tissue mimicking phantom to investigate spatial resolution and pen- etration. In-vivo scans were also performed for a visual comparison. The spatial resolution for SASB-THI is on average 19% better than DRI-THI, and the investigation of penetration showed equally good signal-to-noise ratio. In-vivo B-mode scans were made and compared. The comparison showed that SASB-THI reduces the artefact and noise interference and improves image contrast and spatial resolution
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)2050-2056
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Medical ultrasound
  • Tissue harmonic imaging
  • Synthetic aperture imaging

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