Archives of Acoustics, 44, 4, pp. 645–657, 2019

Analysis of Using Multi-Angle Conventional Ultrasound Scanning for Efficient 3-D Object Imaging

Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Sylwia LIS
Wrocław University of Science and Technology

The purpose of this work is to examine the possibility of using multi-angle conventional ultrasound B-mode scanning in efficient 3-D imaging. In the paper, the volume of an object is reconstructed from vertical projections registered at fixed angular positions of the multi-element linear ultrasonic probe rotated in relation to the object submerged in water. The possible configurations are: vertical lateral, vertical top or vertical bottom. In the vertical lateral configuration, the ultrasonic probe acquires 2-D images of object’s vertical cross-sections, turning around its lateral surface. In the vertical top or bottom configuration, the ultrasonic probe acquires 2-D images of the object’s vertical cross-sections, turning on the horizontal plane over the top or under the bottom surface of the object. The method of recording 3-D volume of an object’s structure and reconstruction algorithm have been designed. Studies show the method in the vertical top or bottom configuration could be successfully applied to the effective 3-D visualisation of the structure of the female breast in vivo as the new complement ultrasonic imaging modality in the prototype of the developed ultrasound tomography scanner.
Keywords: ultrasonic imaging; multi-angle scanning; efficient 3-D imaging; ultrasound tomography
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DOI: 10.24425/aoa.2019.129723