Evaluation of Intravascular Ultrasound Catheter Based Transducers using the Resolution Integral

Christopher McLeod, Carmel Moran, Karne McBride, Stephen D. Pye

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Abstract

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheters are a specialist imaging modality used in the assessment of cardiovascular disease. The ultrasound transducer may either be of single element mechanical or phased array design. Due to their design and operating frequencies (10-45 MHz), evaluation of the imaging performance is not possible with commercially available ultrasound test objects. A modification of an existing test object, the Edinburgh Pipe Phantom (EPP), was carried out to allow measurement of resolution integral (R), depth of field (Lr) and
characteristic resolution (Dr) of IVUS catheters. In total seven IVUS catheters, from two manufacturers and of both single element mechanical and phased array design, were tested to provide a measure of performance over different frequencies and technologies. Measurements of R for the tested IVUS catheters ranged from 11.6 to 18.8. The modified EPP therefore allows catheter based ultrasound probes to be evaluated scientifically and their performance to be seen in relation to other similar ultrasound technologies such as preclinical ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasound.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology (UMB)
Early online date23 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2018

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