20 March 2014 Optimization of the aperture and the transducer characteristics of a 3D ultrasound computer tomography system
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Abstract
A promising candidate for improved imaging of breast cancer is ultrasound computer tomography (USCT). The aim of this work was to design a new aperture for our full 3D USCT which extends the properties of the current aperture to a larger ROI fitting the buoyant breast in water and decreasing artifacts in transmission tomography. The optimization resulted in a larger opening angle of the transducers, a larger diameter of the aperture and an approximately homogeneous distribution of the transducers, with locally random distances. The developed optimization methods allow us to automatically generate an optimized aperture for given diameters of apertures and transducer arrays, as well as quantitative comparison to other arbitrary apertures. Thus, during the design phase of the next generation KIT 3D USCT, the image quality can be balanced against the specification parameters and given hardware and cost limitations. The methods can be applied for general aperture optimization, only limited by the assumptions of a hemispherical aperture and circular transducer arrays.
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Nicole V. Ruiter, Michael Zapf, Torsten Hopp, Robin Dapp, Hartmut Gemmeke, "Optimization of the aperture and the transducer characteristics of a 3D ultrasound computer tomography system", Proc. SPIE 9040, Medical Imaging 2014: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 90400U (20 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2043455
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