Characterization of ultrasound elevation beamwidth artifacts for prostate brachytherapy needle insertion

Mohammad Peikari, Thomas Kuriran Chen, Anras Lasso, Tamas Heffter, Gabor Fichtinger, Everette C. Burdette

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Abstract

Purpose: Ultrasound elevation beamwidth leads to image artifacts and uncertainties in localizing objects (such as a surgical needle) in ultrasound images. The authors examined the clinical significance of errors caused by elevation beamwidth artifacts and imaging parameters in needle insertion procedures. Methods: Beveled prostate brachytherapy needles were inserted through all holes of a grid template under real-time transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guidance. The needle tip position as indicated by the TRUS image was compared to their observed physical location. A new device was developed to measure the ultrasound elevation beamwidth. Results: Imaging parameters of the TRUS scanner have direct impact on the localization error ranging from 0.5 up to 4 mm. The smallest localization error was observed laterally close to the center of the grid template and axially within the beam's focal zone. Largest localization error occurs laterally around both sides of the grid template and axially within the beam's far field. The authors also found that the localization errors vary with both lateral and elevation offsets. Conclusions: The authors found properly adjusting the TRUS imaging settings to lower the ultrasound gain and power effectively minimized the appearance of elevation beamwidth artifacts and in turn reduced the localization errors of the needle tip.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-256
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Physics
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • brachytherapy
  • localization error
  • main lobe
  • side lobe
  • ultrasound imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Peikari, M., Chen, T. K., Lasso, A., Heffter, T., Fichtinger, G., & Burdette, E. C. (2012). Characterization of ultrasound elevation beamwidth artifacts for prostate brachytherapy needle insertion. Medical Physics, 39(1), 246-256. https://doi.org/10.1118/1.3669488