Effects of motion on high frame rate contrast enhanced echocardiography and its correction

Matthieu Toulemonde, William C. Duncan, Antonio Stanziola, Vassilis Sboros, Yuanwei Li, Robert J. Eckersley, Shengtao Lin, Meng-Xing Tang, Mairead Butler

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Contrast echocardiography (CE) ultrasound with microbubble contrast agents have significantly advanced our capability in assessing cardiac function, including myocardium perfusion imaging and quantification. However in conventional CE techniques with line by line scanning, the frame rate is limited to tens of frames per second and image quality is low. Recent research works in high frame-rate (HFR) ultrasound have shown significant improvement of the frame rate in non-contrast cardiac imaging. But with a higher frame rate, the coherent compounding of HFR CE images shows some artifacts due to the motion of the microbubbles. In this work we demonstrate the impact of this motion on compounded HFR CE in simulation and then apply a motion correction algorithm on in-vivo data acquired from the left ventricle (LV) chamber of a sheep. It shows that even if with the fast flow found inside the LV, the contrast is improved at least 100%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS)
ISBN (Electronic)9781538633830
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


  • Coherent compounding
  • Contrast enhanced ultrasound
  • In-vivo High frame rate / ultrafast contrast echocardiography
  • Motion effects and correction
  • Pulse Inversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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