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Noise artifacts due to signal decorrelation and reverberation are a considerable problem in ultrasound strain imaging. For block-matching methods, information from neighboring matching blocks has been utilized to regularize the estimated displacements. We apply a recursive Bayesian regularization algorithm developed by Hayton et al. [Artif. Intell., vol.(More)
Elastography is a method that can ultimately generate several new kinds of images, called elastograms. As such, all the properties of elastograms are different from the familiar properties of sonograms. While sonograms convey information related to the local acoustic backscatter energy from tissue components, elastograms relate to its local strains, Young's(More)
Delineation of radiofrequency-ablation-induced coagulation (thermal lesion) boundaries is an important clinical problem that is not well addressed by conventional imaging modalities. Elastography, which produces images of the local strain after small, externally applied compressions, can be used for visualization of thermal coagulations. This paper presents(More)
A method that combines both spatial and frequency compounding is described for measuring attenuation in tissue. The technique applies a reference phantom to account for imaging system dependencies of echo signals. Emphasis is given to local attenuation estimates, to reduce the variance of the attenuation measurements over small regions of interest (ROI) and(More)
In current practice, only one out of three components of the tissue displacement vector and one of nine components of the strain tensor are accurately estimated and imaged in ultrasound elastography. Since, only the axial component of both the displacement and strain are imaged, other important elastic parameters, such as shear strains and the Poisson's(More)
A large number of the strain estimation methods presented in the literature are based on the assumption of tissue continuity that establishes a continuous displacement field. However, in certain locations in the body such as the arteries in vivo scanning may produce displacement fields that are discontinuous between the two walls of the artery. Many of the(More)
Wavelet shrinkage denoising of the displacement estimates to reduce noise artefacts, especially at high overlaps in elastography, is presented in this paper. Correlated errors in the displacement estimates increase dramatically with an increase in the overlap between the data segments. These increased correlated errors (due to the increased correlation or(More)
OBJECTIVE Artifacts from gas bubble formation during radio frequency ablation along with the poor intrinsic contrast between normal and treated regions (zone of necrosis) are considerable problems for the visualization of the necrotic region on conventional sonography. Sonographic elastography is very effective for visualizing the zone of necrosis, but it(More)