Recent work in the field of Doppler tissue imaging has focused mainly on the quantification of results involving the use of techniques of strain and strain-rate imaging. These results are based on measuring a velocity gradient between two points, a known distance apart, in the region-of-interest. Although many recent publications have demonstrated the potential of this technique in clinical terms, the method still suffers from low repeatability. The work presented here demonstrates, through the use of a rotating phantom arrangement and a custom developed single element ultrasound system, that this is a consequence of the fundamental accuracy of the technique used to estimate the original velocities. Results are presented comparing the performance of the conventional Kasai autocorrelation velocity estimator with those obtained using time domain cross-correlation and the complex cross-correlation model based estimator. The results demonstrate that the complex cross-correlation model based technique is able to offer lower standard deviations of the velocity gradient estimations compared with the Kasai algorithm. (E-mail: email@example.com) (c) 2006 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|