The minimum sum squared error (MSSE) beamformer design technique: Initial results
The design of transmit and receive aperture weightings is a critical step in the development of ultrasound imaging systems. Current design methods are generally iterative, and consequently time-consuming and inexact. We have previously described a general ultrasound beamformer design method, the minimum sum squared error (MSSE) technique, that addresses these issues. We provide a brief review of the design method, and present results of simulations that investigate the performance of the technique. We also provide an example of application by applying the technique to improve the depth of field in CW and broadband ultrasound systems.