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PURPOSE To explore the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonographic (US) elastography using carotid arterial pulsation as the compression source for differential diagnosis of thyroid nodules. MATERIALS AND METHODS This HIPAA-compliant study was approved by the ethics committee of the institution, and all patients provided written informed consent.(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of ultrasound thyroid elastography using carotid artery pulsation as the compression source and its potential for differential diagnosis of thyroid nodules. METHODS Baseband sonographic data were acquired for 16 thyroid nodules from 12 patients. The natural pulsation of the carotid artery(More)
In the conventional cross-correlation-based strain estimation, there is a trade-off between the interpolation accuracy and the computational requirement. On the other hand, the autocorrelation-based method does not need interpolation, but it cannot estimate the wide range of displacements for elastography. We have developed a new strain estimator, called(More)
Unsharp masking is a widely used image-enhancement method in medical imaging. Hardware-based solutions can be developed to support high computational demand for unsharp masking, but they suffer from limited flexibility. Software solutions can easily incorporate new features and modify key parameters, such as filtering kernel size, but they have not been(More)
MOTIVATION Commercial ultrasound machines in the past did not provide the ultrasound researchers access to raw ultrasound data. Lack of this ability has impeded evaluation and clinical testing of novel ultrasound algorithms and applications. OBJECTIVES Recently, we developed a flexible ultrasound back-end where all the processing for the conventional(More)
Palpation has been widely used to detect hard tumorous tissues surrounded by softer normal tissues. The goal of ultrasound tissue elasticity imaging is to extract information regarding tissue stiffness that is closely related to pathology. For this tissue elasticity imaging, compression is applied first, and the amount of resulting tissue deformation or(More)
The international participation in this Conference is reflected by delegates from some 20 countries. This year we are continuing to experience a phenomenal growth in the number of abstracts submitted to the Conference as compared to last year; over the last three years since the first Conference, the number of accepted abstracts has increased by some 65%,(More)
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