Three-dimensional extended field-of-view ultrasound

TitleThree-dimensional extended field-of-view ultrasound
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPoon, T. C., and R. N. Rohling
JournalUltrasound Med Biol
Date PublishedMar

Three-dimensional (3-D) extended field-of-view ultrasound creates a mosaic view from a set of volumes acquired from a dedicated 3-D ultrasound machine combined with a position tracker. A simple compounding technique can be used to combine the volumes together using only the position measurements, but some misalignment remains. Two different registration methods were developed to correct these errors in the overlapping regions. The first method divides the overlap into smaller blocks and warps the blocks to best align the features. The second method is similar, but uses rigid body registration of the blocks. Experiments in vitro and in vivo showed that block-based registration with warping produced the most reproducible results and the greatest increase in similarity among the overlapping regions. It also produced the best reconstruction accuracy, with a mean distance error of 0.4 mm measured across 101.78 mm in a phantom, representing 0.4% error.


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