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Computerized Ultrasonic Tomography by Electronic Scanning and Steering of a Ring Array

  • M. Clément
  • P. Alais
  • J. C. Roucayrol
  • J. Perrin
Part of the Acoustical Imaging book series (ACIM, volume 10)

Abstract

In order to realize a rapid and accurate in-vivo scanner for breast imaging, a novel technique using a 450 elements −360° ring array has been developed. Every mechanical motions during recording have been thus entirely eliminated, all the tomographic projections being obtained by electronically scanning the array. The electronics implemented feature a computer-controlled steering of the ultrasonic beam as previously reported and an electronic ring multiplexer having now reached completion. Although data are recorded sequentially with one projection at a time, tomographic records can be achieved within two seconds by scanning first the tomographic angle θ (constant K mode) rather than the projection indice K (constant θ mode).Shorter recording times could be achieved with the realized multiplexer which can accept several recording channels for fan beam tomography. A 3.5 MHz ring array is reaching completion and has been built in five separate 72°–90 elements arrays which are then assembled to realize the whole ring array. One of this 90 elements sector has already been fully realized and its manufacturing steps are described. Tomographic computer reconstructions of a rubber phantom insonified with a 12 elements test array are reported.

Keywords

Breast Imaging Narrow Beam Ultrasonic Beam Projection Indice Acoustical Holography 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Clément
    • 1
  • P. Alais
    • 2
  • J. C. Roucayrol
    • 1
  • J. Perrin
    • 1
  1. 1.Lab. Biophysique, ERA 498Univ. Paris-5France
  2. 2.Lab. Mécan. Phys., ERA 537Univ. CurieSt Cyr l’EcoleFrance

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