In imaging with a micro-bubble contrast agent, which tends to make irreversible changes by transmission even at a low intensity, both transmission beamwidth and number of transmission per frame must be minimized. A transmission focusing technique based on a non-cylindrical delay, which is applicable to a one-dimensional array, is proposed. Unlike X waves, the main beam propagates always coherently with the waves transmitted from the central part of the aperture. The non-cylindrical focusing delay was calculated by assuming a local focal length along the aperture, which increases gradually as the distance from the center increases. Numerical simulation of wave propagation predicted a large depth of field for a reasonably narrow main beam having longitudinally uniform intensity. The non-cylindrical focusing was employed in a prototype beamformer, and the large depth of transmission field was confirmed with Shrielen measurements.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics