Pseudo-three-dimensional reconstruction of ultrasonic images of the tongue

Kenneth L. Watkin, Jonathan M. Rubin

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The purpose of the present investigation was to develop a method for the three-dimensional reconstruction of the surface of the tongue using serial ultrasonic images gathered during the production of the sustained fricative /s/. Using a phased linear array ultrasonic monitoring system, transducer position, subject position, and ultrasonic scan data were recorded simultaneously on composite video for off-line analysis. Reconstruction of a series of ultrasound images was completed using a microcomputer programmed to transform the ultrasonic image contours into three-dimensional space. Additional transformations converting the three-dimensional tongue contours into two dimensions for screen plotting were also developed. Results are discussed in light of previously reported models of the tongue surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-499
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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