Improvement of accuracy in ultrasonic measurement of luminal surface roughness of carotid arterial wall by deconvolution filtering

Yoshifumi Nagai, Hideyuki Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kanai

研究成果: Article査読

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The diagnosis of early-stage atherosclerosis is important for preventing cardiovascular diseases such as a stroke or a heart attack. The main cause of such diseases is atherosclerosis. In early-stage atherosclerosis, the luminal surface of the arterial wall becomes rough because of the detachment of endothelial cells and the degeneration of the internal elastic layer. Therefore, it would be useful if the minute luminal surface roughness of the carotid arterial wall observed in the early stage of atherosclerosis can be measured noninvasively by ultrasonography. In conventional ultrasonography, the axial resolution of a B-mode image depends on the ultrasonic pulse length of 150μm (at 10 MHz) because a B-mode image is constructed using the amplitude of the RF echo. However, the thickness of an endothelial cell covering the luminal surface is 10-20 μm. Therefore, a minute surface roughness cannot be measured from a conventional B-mode image. We have realized the transcutaneous measurement of such a minute surface roughness of about 10 μm using the phased-tracking method. However, the lateral spatial resolution degrades owing to the point spread function (PSF) because the diameter of an ultrasonic beam is finite. In the present study, we proposed a method of improving the lateral spatial resolution in the estimation of surface roughness using a Wiener filter to suppress the effect of the PSF of the ultrasound system employed. The proposed method was validated using a phantom and then applied to the in vivo measurement of carotid arteries.

本文言語English
論文番号07KF19
ジャーナルJapanese journal of applied physics
53
7 SPEC. ISSUE
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2014 7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 工学(全般)
  • 物理学および天文学(全般)

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