Effects of tissue anisotropy on the spectral characteristics of ultrasonic backscatter measured with a clinical imaging system

Mark R. Holland, Stephen H. Lewis, Christopher S. Hall, Ann E. Finch-Johnston, Scott M. Handley, Kirk D. Wallace, Alwyn P. D'Sa, David M. Prater, Julio E. Perez, James G. Miller

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Abstract

In this paper, we report the effects of inherent tissue anisotropy on the spectral properties of backscattered ultrasound when measured with a commercially-available imaging system. We insonified five specimens of bovine tendon immersed in a water tank and rotated in 10°increments while being imaged with a Hewlett-Packard Sonos 1500 system. The backscattered RF signals corresponding to each angle of insonification were digitized and the spectral characteristics of the backscattered ultrasound were determined. The mean anisotropy, defined as the average difference between values at perpendicular and parallel insonification, for band-limited estimates of backscattered power, centroid frequency, upper-band to lower-band power ratio, and upper- band to total-band power ratio were found to be 24.6 ± 1.1 dB, 142 ± 27 kHz, 32 ± 13%, and 22 ± 5%, respectively (mean ± SE). The magnitude of each of these backscatter spectral parameters was larger at perpendicular insonification compared with the corresponding values at parallel insonification, consistent with previous measurements of the inherent anisotropy of ultrasonic attenuation and backscatter in tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-190
Number of pages13
JournalUltrasonic Imaging
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Anisotropy
  • Centroid frequency
  • Quantitative imaging
  • Spectral properties
  • Tissue characterization
  • Ultrasonic backscatter

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