Versatile Low-Cost Volumetric 3-D Ultrasound Platform for Existing Clinical 2-D Systems
Ultrasound imaging has indications across many areas of medicine, but the need for training and the variability in skill and acquired image quality among 2-D ultrasound users have limited its wider adoption and utilization. Low-cost volumetric ultrasound with a known frame of reference has the potential to lower these operator-dependent barriers and enhance the clinical utility of ultrasound imaging. In this paper, we improve upon our previous research-scanner-based prototype to implement a versatile volumetric imaging platform for existing clinical 2-D ultrasound systems. We present improved data acquisition and image reconstruction schemes to increase quality, streamline workflow, and provide real-time visual feedback. We present initial results using the platform on a Vimedix simulator, as well as on phantom and in vivo targets using a variety of clinical ultrasound systems and probes.
IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Morgan, M., Broder, J., Dahl, J., & Herickhoff, C. (2018). Versatile Low-Cost Volumetric 3-D Ultrasound Platform for Existing Clinical 2-D Systems. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 37 (10), 2248-2256. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMI.2018.2821901