Post-processing approaches for the improvement of cardiac ultrasound B-mode images: a review

Antonios Perperidis

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Abstract

The improvement of the quality and diagnostic value of ultrasound images has been an ongoing research theme for the last three decades. Cardiac ultrasound suffers from a wide range of artefacts such as acoustic noise, shadowing and enhancement. Most artefacts are a consequence of the interaction of the transmitted ultrasound signals with anatomic structures of the examined body. Structures such as bone, lungs (air) and fat have a direct limiting effect on the quality of the acquired images. Furthermore, physical phenomena like speckle introduce a granular pattern on the imaged tissue structures that can sometimes obscure fine anatomic detail. Over the years, numerous studies have attempted to address a range of artefacts in medical ultrasound, including cardiac ultrasound B-mode images. This review provides extensive coverage of such attempts identifying their limitations as well as future research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
Volume63
Issue number3
Early online date8 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Feb 2016

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