Angular scatter ultrasound imaging of wavelength scale targets.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A bistatic ultrasound imaging system is demonstrated that uses two 32-element linear phased array transducers oriented at an angle of 40 degrees to one another. The system simultaneously acquires and displays in real time one conventional backscatter image and one "angular scatter" image formed using side-scattered echoes from the same B-mode sector region. Experiments are presented that show differences in the magnitudes of backscatter and angular scatter signals acquired from three nylon monofilaments with diameters less than one wavelength and from soft tissue structures in vivo. The relative magnitudes of angular scatter signals from the monofilaments are qualitatively consistent with a theoretical analysis of acoustic scattering from elastic cylinders. Larger tissue features are more clearly defined in angular scatter images. This result is attributed to the orientation of specularly reflecting surfaces and the expected influence of scattering angle on the system's sensitivity to different scatterer spacings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lacefield, JC; von Ramm, OT

Published Date

  • October 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1914 - 1919

PubMed ID

  • 11051517

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-8524

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-4966

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1121/1.1310198


  • eng