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Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 548–557 | Cite as

Detecting Stripe Artifacts in Ultrasound Images

  • Adam Maciak
  • Christian Kier
  • Günter Seidel
  • Karsten Meyer-Wiethe
  • Ulrich G. Hofmann
Article

Abstract

Brain perfusion diseases such as acute ischemic stroke are detectable through computed tomography (CT)-/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based methods. An alternative approach makes use of ultrasound imaging. In this low-cost bedside method, noise and artifacts degrade the imaging process. Especially stripe artifacts show a similar signal behavior compared to acute stroke or brain perfusion diseases. This document describes how stripe artifacts can be detected and eliminated in ultrasound images obtained through harmonic imaging (HI). On the basis of this new method, both proper identification of areas with critically reduced brain tissue perfusion and classification between brain perfusion defects and ultrasound stripe artifacts are made possible.

Key words

Ultrasound stripe artifacts moments artifact segmentation harmonic imaging perfusion stroke 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The authors would like to thank Toni W. Vomweg and Sarah M. Hilbert, CADMEI GmbH, Germany, for their assistance and valuable input.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Maciak
    • 1
  • Christian Kier
    • 2
  • Günter Seidel
    • 3
  • Karsten Meyer-Wiethe
    • 3
  • Ulrich G. Hofmann
    • 2
  1. 1.CADMEI GmbHIngelheimGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Signal ProcessingUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyUniversity Hospital of Schleswig-HolsteinKielGermany

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