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Wiener beamforming and the coherence factor in ultrasound imaging

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2 Author(s)
Nilsen, C.C. ; Dept. of Inf., Univ. of Oslo, Oslo, Norway ; Holm, S.

The coherence factor (CF) is used for aberration correction and sidelobe suppression in ultrasound imaging. Unfortunately, it suffers from artifacts when the SNR is low. We show how the CF can be interpreted as an implementation of the Wiener postfilter for a delay-and-sum beamformer. In addition, we show that a minimum-variance, distortionless-response beamformer followed by CF weighting can be interpreted as an implementation of the Wiener beamformer. These interpretations provide us with a theoretical framework for analyzing and improving CF-based methods. We use this theory to develop more robust implementations for both the Wiener postfilter and beamformer. The performance of these implementations is shown on simulated and real data.

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 6 )