Ultrasound imaging system with pixel oriented processing

  • US 9,028,411 B2
  • Filed: 10/15/2012
  • Issued: 05/12/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/14/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An ultrasound processing method, comprising:

  • transmitting an acoustic pulse by an ultrasound transducer;

    receiving at least one echo of the acoustic pulse at each of a plurality of receiving elements on the ultrasound transducer and obtaining an echo signal from each receiving element;

    storing each echo signal;

    organizing each of the stored echo signals in a separate data set array organized into columns and sufficient in quantity to produce an image frame or portion of an image frame, in which each column of each data set array represents echo signals obtained from a corresponding receiving element;

    mapping a given pixel or voxel from a set of pixels or voxels in a display into a mapped region of the one or more of the data set arrays;

    organizing the mapped region into a matrix for the given pixel or voxel;

    processing the matrix with a matrix operation to generate a signal response for the given pixel or voxel; and

    obtaining acoustic information for the given pixel or voxel based on the signal response.

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