An approach to dynamic focusing of ultrasound linear array scanners is presented, leading to the unique capability of implementing a focus that continuously tracks the return signal along the penetration depth. An electronically variable lens is obtained by a heterodyning process, in which the phases of echo signals at the array elements are equalized by mixing with suitable reference oscillations. These are generated by control of a single voltage-controlled oscillator, whose frequency is properly varied in synchronism with the delay of signal from different depths. The technique has been experimentally demonstrated by modifying the focusing processor of a conventional echographic linear scanner. Superior performances have been obtained with respect to fixed-focus operation mode. The image quality results are comparable with those of multizone-focus operation mode, in which the focus is varied over more transmit/receive cycles at the expense of lower frame rate.
|Titolo:||Synchronous dynamic focusing for ultrasound imaging|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1988|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/58.4143|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|