16 April 1996 Image processing for magnetic-resonance elastography
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Abstract
A newly developed magnetic resonance imaging technique can directly visualize propagating acoustic strain waves in tissue-like materials. By estimating the local wavelength of the acoustic wave pattern, quantitative values of shear modulus can be calculated and images generated that depict tissue elasticity or stiffness. Since tumors are significantly stiffer than normal tissue (the basis of their detection by palpation), this technique may have potential for 'palpation by imaging,' with possible application to the detection of tumors in breast, liver, kidney, and prostate. We describe the local wavelength estimation algorithm, study its properties, and show a variety of sample results.
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Armando Manduca, Raja Muthupillai, P. J. Rossman, James F. Greenleaf, Richard L. Ehman, "Image processing for magnetic-resonance elastography", Proc. SPIE 2710, Medical Imaging 1996: Image Processing, (16 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237965; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.237965
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