Identifying and overcoming limitations with in situ calibration beads for quantitative ultrasound

Jenna Cario, Andres Coila, Yuning Zhao, Rita J. Miller, Michael L. Oelze

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Ensuring the consistency of spectral-based quantitative ultrasound estimates in vivo necessitates accounting for diffraction, system effects, and propagation losses encountered in the tissue. Accounting for diffraction and system effects is typically achieved through planar reflector or reference phantom methods; however, neither of these is able to account for the tissue losses present in vivo between the ultrasound probe and the region of interest. In previous work, the feasibility of small titanium beads as in situ calibration targets (0.5-2 mm in diameter) was investigated. In this study, the importance of bead size for the calibration signal, the role of multiple echoes coming from the calibration bead, and sampling of the bead signal laterally through beam translation were examined. This work demonstrates that although the titanium beads naturally produce multiple reverberant echoes, time-windowing of the first echo provides the smoothest calibration spectrum for backscatter coefficient calculation. When translating the beam across the bead, the amplitude of the echo decreases rapidly as the beam moves across and past the bead. Therefore, to obtain consistent calibration signals from the bead, lateral interpolation is needed to approximate signals coming from the center of the bead with respect to the beam.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)2701-2711
Número de páginas11
PublicaciónJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
EstadoPublicada - 1 abr. 2022
Publicado de forma externa


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