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24 February 2017 Model-based correction of ultrasound image deformations due to probe pressure
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Freehand 3D ultrasound (US) consists in acquiring a US volume by moving a tracked conventional 2D probe over an area of interest. To maintain good acoustic coupling between the probe and the skin, the operator applies pressure on the skin with the probe. This pressure deforms the underlying tissues in a variable way across the excursion of the probe, which, in turn, leads to inconsistencies in the volume. To address this problem, this paper proposes a method to estimate the deformation field sustained by each image with respect to a reference deformation free image. The method is based on a 2D biomechanical model that takes into account the mechanical parameters of the tissues depicted in the image to predict a realistic deformation field. These parameters are estimated along with the deformation field such as to maximize the mutual information between the reference and the corrected images. The image is then corrected by applying the inverse deformation field. Preliminary validation was conducted with synthetic US images generated using a 3D biomechanical model. Results show that the proposed method improves image correction compared to a purely image-based method.
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Jawad Dahmani, Yvan Petit, and Catherine Laporte "Model-based correction of ultrasound image deformations due to probe pressure", Proc. SPIE 10133, Medical Imaging 2017: Image Processing, 101331D (24 February 2017);

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