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Beam space processing for low-cost scanners

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2 Author(s)
F. N. Ucar ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Kirikkale Univ., Turkey ; M. Karaman

A subaperture processing technique suitable for low-cost ultrasound imaging systems is presented. The technique is based on multi-element synthetic aperture approach and beam interpolation. A large receive aperture is synthesized using a transmit subaperture at the transducer array center and a number of non-overlapping receive subapertures multiplexed across the array. The number of beam lines scanning a sector angle is chosen according to the spatial Nyquist criteria of a single transmit-receive subaperture. The beam count is increased through digital interpolation, where a linear filter with a different spatial frequency band for each subaperture is employed. This technique reduces the number of firings in data acquisition and hence permits real-time synthetic aperture processing with low susceptibility to motion artifacts

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Ultrasonics Symposium, 1996. Proceedings., 1996 IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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3-6 Nov 1996