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Volume 25, Number 1, Page 71 (1981)
Network Problem Determination
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Tomographic Reconstruction of Ultrasonic Attenuation with Correction for Refractive Errors

by K. M. Pan, C. N. Liu
The nonionizing and noninvasive characteristics of ultrasonics promote its increasing use in medical applications. Computerized ultrasonic attenuation tomography is one area where medically significant images may be reconstructed for diagnostic purposes. The objective of this work is to make an initial correction for refraction error and other problems present in computerized ultrasonic tomography. As a refinement of the scanning technique, our method attempts to provide high-quality projection profiles to the reconstruction algorithms. The important aspect of this new scanning mode lies in its correction for refraction in the measured attenuation profiles. In reconstructing phantom targets scanned by our experimental system, results superior to traditional line-of-sight scanning were obtained.
Related Subjects: Computer applications; Mathematics (applied); Medicine and medical electronics; Ultrasonics