Dynamic and precise visualization of contrast agent in blood vessels with motion correction

Hideki Yoshikawa, Takashi Azuma, Kazuaki Sasaki, Ken Ichi Kawabata, Shin Ichiro Umemura

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We have developed a new ultrasound imaging method for the visualization of vascularity with less than 500 urn in width applicable to tissues naturally moving caused by respiration or heart beats. In our method, we utilize the least square method based on tissue-motion measurement method previously reported, which divides an image into extremely small regions so that the loss of correlation caused by tissue motion can be virtually ignored. We averaged images of tissues with contrast agents after correcting for the tissue motion on the basis of measurement results. In vivo results of experiments using rabbit kidneys revealed that the vascularity including peripheral vessels, e.g., those in the renal cortex, could be clearly imaged without any motion artifact by averaging more than 30 frames. Moreover, it was indicated that a pseudo-three-dimensional imaging of small vessels can be achieved by this method utilizing slight tissue motions in the slice direction during obtaining frames to be averaged. In another experiment using tumor-implanted rabbits, it was also found that neovascularity in a tumor tissue could be identified more clearly on a time-averaged image than on a conventional image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4754-4760
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 B
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May 25
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood vessel
  • Microbubble
  • Motion correction
  • Motion measurement
  • Time-averaged imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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