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Realistic deformable 3D numeric phantom for transcutaneous ultrasound

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Fernando Mitsuyama Cardoso [1] ; Matheus Cardoso Moraes [2] ; Sergio Shiguemi Furuie [3]
Total Authors: 3
[1] University of São Paulo. School of Engineering - Brasil
[2] Federal University of São Paulo. Institute of Science and Technology - Brasil
[3] University of São Paulo. School of Engineering - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Res. Biomed. Eng.; v. 33, n. 1, p. 1-10, 2017-03-16.

Abstract Introduction Numerical phantoms are important tools to design, calibrate and evaluate several methods in various image-processing applications, such as echocardiography and mammography. We present a framework for creating ultrasound numerical deformable phantoms based on Finite Element Method (FEM), Linear Isomorphism and Field II. The proposed method considers that the scatterers map is a property of the tissue; therefore, the scatterers should move according to the tissue strain. Methods First, a volume representing the target tissue is loaded. Second, parameter values, such as Young’s Modulus, scatterers density, attenuation and scattering amplitudes are inserted for each different regions of the phantom. Then, other parameters related to the ultrasound equipment, such as ultrasound frequency and number of transducer elements, are also defined in order to perform the ultrasound acquisition using Field II. Third, the size and position of the transducer and the pressures that are applied against the tissue are defined. Subsequently, FEM is executed and deformation is computed. Next, 3D linear isomorphism is performed to displace the scatterers according to the deformation. Finally, Field II is carried out to generate the non-deformed and deformed ultrasound data. Results The framework is evaluated by comparing strain values obtained the numerical simulation and from the physical phantom from CIRS. The mean difference between both phantoms is lesser than 10%. Conclusion The acoustic and deformation outcomes are similar to those obtained using a physical phantom. This framework led to a tool, which is available online and free of charges for educational and research purposes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/15721-2 - Atherosclerotic plaque investigation, by ultrasound and optical tomography
Grantee:Matheus Cardoso Moraes
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 11/01314-3 - Estimation of structures movement based on echographic images
Grantee:Fernando Mitsuyama Cardoso
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)