For measurement of minute change in thickness using ultrasound, the phase tracking method based on the constraint least-squares approach has been developed By using the thickness change of arterial wall measured by this method, a regional elastic characteristic of the arterial wall is calculated, and and calculation makes a real-time 2D measurement of the elastic characteristics possible. We have developed a real-time measurement system that displays the 2D image of the elastic characteristics of arterial wall. In order to assess the measurement accuracy of the system, we made a phantom of silicons tube, and the thickness change of the tube wall was measured by the system and another off-line ultrasound measurement system. From the experimental results, it was obtained that our novel system had an accuracy of about 0.2 μm. Using this system, we measured the thickness change of carotid arterial wall, and obtained real-time 2D images of the elastic characteristics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics