Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique (SAFT) allows fast data acquisition and optimally focused images. The computational burden for 3D imaging is large as for each voxel the delay for each acquired A-scan has to be calculated, e.g. O(N5) for N3 voxels and N2 A-scans. For 3D reconstruction of objects which are large in terms of the wavelength, e.g. ≥ (100 λ)3, the computation of one volume takes several days on a current multicore PC. If the 3D distribution of the speed of sound is applied to correct the delays, the computation time increases further. In this work a time of flight interpolation based GPU implementation (TOFI-SAFT) is presented which accelerates our previous GPU implementation of speed of sound corrected SAFT by a factor of 7 to 16 min. with only minor reduction of image quality.
N. V. Ruiter, E. Kretzek, M. Zapf, T. Hopp, and H. Gemmeke, "Time of flight interpolated synthetic aperture focusing technique," Proc. SPIE 10139, Medical Imaging 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 101390Q (Presented at SPIE Medical Imaging: February 16, 2017; Published: 13 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2254259.
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