12 March 2007 High-frequency ultrasonic arrays for ocular imaging
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Abstract
High-resolution ultrasound imaging of the anterior portion of the eye has been shown to provide important information for sizing of intraocular lens implants, diagnosis of pathological conditions, and creation of detailed maps of corneal topography to guide refractive surgery. Current ultrasound imaging systems rely on mechanical scanning of a single acoustic element over the surface of the eye to create the three-dimensional information needed by clinicians. This mechanical scanning process is time-consuming and subject to errors caused by eye movement during the scanning period. This paper describes development of linear ultrasound imaging arrays intended to increase the speed of image acquisition and reduce problems associated with ocular motion. The arrays consist of a linear arrangement of high-frequency transducer elements designed to operate in the 50 - 75 MHz frequency range. The arrays are produced using single-crystal lithium niobate piezoelectric material, thin film electrodes, and epoxy-based acoustic layers. The array elements have been used to image steel test structures and bovine cornea.
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M. D. Jaeger, M. D. Jaeger, R. J. Kline-Schoder, R. J. Kline-Schoder, G. M. Douville, G. M. Douville, J. R. Gagne, J. R. Gagne, K. T. Morrison, K. T. Morrison, W. E. Audette, W. E. Audette, D. B. Kynor, D. B. Kynor, } "High-frequency ultrasonic arrays for ocular imaging", Proc. SPIE 6513, Medical Imaging 2007: Ultrasonic Imaging and Signal Processing, 651307 (12 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.709864; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.709864
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