Iterative motion compensation approach for ultrasonic thermal imaging

Ioana Fleming, Gregory Hager, Xiaoyu Guo, Hyun Jae Kang, Emad Boctor

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As thermal imaging attempts to estimate very small tissue motion (on the order of tens of microns), it can be negatively influenced by signal decorrelation. Patient's breathing and cardiac cycle generate shifts in the RF signal patterns. Other sources of movement could be found outside the patient's body, like transducer slippage or small vibrations due to environment factors like electronic noise. Here, we build upon a robust displacement estimation method for ultrasound elastography and we investigate an iterative motion compensation algorithm, which can detect and remove non-heat induced tissue motion at every step of the ablation procedure. The validation experiments are performed on laboratory induced ablation lesions in ex-vivo tissue. The ultrasound probe is either held by the operator's hand or supported by a robotic arm. We demonstrate the ability to detect and remove non-heat induced tissue motion in both settings. We show that removing extraneous motion helps unmask the effects of heating. Our strain estimation curves closely mirror the temperature changes within the tissue. While previous results in the area of motion compensation were reported for experiments lasting less than 10 seconds, our algorithm was tested on experiments that lasted close to 20 minutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2015
Subtitle of host publicationUltrasonic Imaging and Tomography
EditorsNeb Duric, Johan G. Bosch
ISBN (Electronic)9781628415094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventMedical Imaging 2015: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography - Orlando, United States
Duration: Feb 22 2015Feb 23 2015

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2015: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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