Statistical properties of elastograms

Mehmet Bilgen, Michael Insana

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Accurate and precise displacement estimates are the key to obtaining high-quality elastograms. In elastographic imaging, echo-signals acquired before and after tissue compression are crosscorrelated and the location of the crosscorrelation maximum is used for determining the local tissue displacement and deformation. A stochastic strain model under static compression is discussed, and an inverse coordinate transformation relating the post-compression coordinate to the pre-compressed coordinate is introduced. Analytic formulas for the crosscorrelation are provided and used to analyse stochastic strain-induced effects. Displacement causes decorrelation of the pre- and post-compression signals and consequently results in a nonstationary crosscorrelation function. Adjusting experimental and signal processing variables, such as stretching the post-compression echo-signal and/or shaping the ultrasonic pulse are shown to significantly increase the accuracy of the displacement estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1399-1403
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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