Experimental assessment of four ultrasound scattering models for characterizing concentrated tissue-mimicking phantoms

Emilie Franceschini 1 Régine Guillermin 1
1 O&I - Ondes et Imagerie
LMA - Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique [Marseille]
Abstract : Tissue-mimicking phantoms with high scatterer concentrations were examined using quantitative ultrasound techniques based on four scattering models: the Gaussian Model (GM), the Faran Model (FM), the Structure Factor Model (SFM) and the Particle Model (PM). Experiments were conducted using 10- and 17.5-MHz focused transducers on tissue-mimicking phantoms with scatterer concentrations ranging from 1 to 25%. Theoretical BSCs were first compared with the experimentally measured BSCs in the forward problem framework. The measured BSC versus scatterer concentration relationship was predicted satisfactorily by the SFM and the PM. The FM and the PM overestimated the BSC magnitude at actual concentrations greater than 2.5% and 10%, respectively. The SFM was the model that better matched the BSC magnitude at all the scatterer concentrations tested. Secondly, the four scattering models were compared in the inverse problem framework to estimate the scatterer size and concentration from the experimentally measured BSCs. The FM did not predict the concentration accurately at actual concentrations greater than 12.5%. The SFM and PM need to be associated with another quantitative parameter to differentiate between low and high concentrations. In that case, the SFM predicted the concentration satisfactorily with relative errors below 38% at actual concentrations ranging from 10 to 25%.
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Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, 2012, 132 (6), pp.3735-3747. 〈10.1121/1.4765072〉
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Emilie Franceschini, Régine Guillermin. Experimental assessment of four ultrasound scattering models for characterizing concentrated tissue-mimicking phantoms. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, 2012, 132 (6), pp.3735-3747. 〈10.1121/1.4765072〉. 〈hal-00770362〉

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