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Speckle in ultrasound B-mode scans

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1 Author(s)
Burckhardt, C.B. ; Central Res. Units, F Hoffmann-LaRoche and Co., Ltd., Basel, Switzerland

Ultrasound images obtained with a simple linear or sector scan show a granular appearance, called "speckle." This speckle is analyzed. The reduction in speckle that can be obtained with a compound scan with maximum amplitude writing is computed. The reduction in speckle is almost as large as can be obtained with averaging. It depends on the number of independent amplitude values that are measured. The condition for the independence of two amplitude values is derived, and thus a limit is given for the possible reduction in speckle.

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Sonics and Ultrasonics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 1 )