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The Benefits of Compression Methods in Acoustic Coherence Tomography

J. Rouyer 1 S. Mensah 1 C. Vasseur 1 P. Lasaygues 1
1 O&I - Ondes et Imagerie
LMA - Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique [Marseille]
Abstract : Pulse compression methods improve the quality of ultrasonic medical images. In comparison with standard broadband pulse techniques, these methods enhance the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and increase the probing depth without any perceptible loss of spatial resolution. The Golay compression technique is analyzed here in the context of ultrasonic computed tomography, first on a one-dimensional target and second on a very low-contrast phantom probed using a half-ring array tomograph. The imaging performances were assessed based on the image CNR. The improvement obtained (up to 40%) depends, however, on the number of coherently associated diffraction projections. Beyond a certain number, few advantages were observed. Advances in ultrasound computed tomography suggest that pulse compression methods should provide a useful means of optimizing the trade-off between the image quality and the probing sampling density.
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J. Rouyer, S. Mensah, C. Vasseur, P. Lasaygues. The Benefits of Compression Methods in Acoustic Coherence Tomography. Ultrasonic Imaging, SAGE Publications (UK and US), 2012, 37 (3), pp.205-223. ⟨10.1177/0161734614553310⟩. ⟨hal-01297265⟩



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