Ultrafast synthetic transmit aperture imaging using Hadamard-encoded virtual sources with overlapping sub-apertures

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Abstract

The development of ultrafast ultrasound imaging offers great opportunities to improve imaging technologies, such as shear wave elastography and ultrafast Doppler imaging. In ultrafast imaging, there are tradeoffs among image signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), resolution, and post-compounded frame rate. Various approaches have been proposed to solve this tradeoff, such as multiplane wave imaging or the attempts of implementing synthetic transmit aperture imaging. In this paper, we propose an ultrafast synthetic transmit aperture (USTA) imaging technique using Hadamard-encoded virtual sources with overlapping subapertures to enhance both image SNR and resolution without sacrificing frame rate. This method includes three steps: 1) create virtual sources using sub-apertures; 2) encode virtual sources using Hadamard matrix; and 3) add short time intervals (a few microseconds) between transmissions of different virtual sources to allow overlapping sub-apertures. The USTA was tested experimentally with a point target, a B-mode phantom, and in vivo human kidney micro-vessel imaging. Compared with standard coherent diverging wave compounding with the same frame rate, improvements on image SNR, lateral resolution (+33%, with B-mode phantom imaging), and contrast ratio (+3.8 dB, with in vivo human kidney micro-vessel imaging) have been achieved. The f -number of virtual sources, the number of virtual sources used, and the number of elements used in each sub-aperture can be flexibly adjusted to enhance resolution and SNR. This allows very flexible optimization of USTA for different applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7886360
Pages (from-to)1372-1381
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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Synthetic apertures
Overlapping
Imaging
Imaging techniques
Signal to noise ratio
Kidney
Phantom
Vessel
Trade-offs
Hadamard matrices
Three-step Methods
Hadamard Matrix
Shear waves
Ultrasound
Doppler
Lateral
Ultrasonics

Keywords

  • Coded transmission
  • Synthetic transmit aperture imaging
  • Ultrafast ultrasound imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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