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Assessment of spectral doppler in preclinical ultrasound using a small-size rotating phantom

Yang, Xin, Sun, Chao, Anderson, Tom, Moran, Carmel A., Hadoke, Patrick W. F., Gray, Gillian A. and Hoskins, Peter R. 2013. Assessment of spectral doppler in preclinical ultrasound using a small-size rotating phantom. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology 39 (8) , pp. 1491-1499. 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2013.03.013

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Preclinical ultrasound scanners are used to measure blood flow in small animals, but the potential errors in blood velocity measurements have not been quantified. This investigation rectifies this omission through the design and use of phantoms and evaluation of measurement errors for a preclinical ultrasound system (Vevo 770, Visualsonics, Toronto, ON, Canada). A ray model of geometric spectral broadening was used to predict velocity errors. A small-scale rotating phantom, made from tissue-mimicking material, was developed. True and Doppler-measured maximum velocities of the moving targets were compared over a range of angles from 10° to 80°. Results indicate that the maximum velocity was overestimated by up to 158% by spectral Doppler. There was good agreement (<10%) between theoretical velocity errors and measured errors for beam-target angles of 50°–80°. However, for angles of 10°–40°, the agreement was not as good (>50%). The phantom is capable of validating the performance of blood velocity measurement in preclinical ultrasound.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blood velocity; Doppler ultrasound; High-frequency ultrasound; Doppler phantom; Preclinical ultrasound
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-5629
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:02

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