A NEW METHOD FOR THE ACQUISITION OF ULTRASONIC STRAIN IMAGE VOLUMES
R.J. Housden, C. Uff, L. Chen, A.H. Gee, G.M. Treece, R.W. Prager and J.C. Bamber
This paper presents a new method for acquiring 3D volumes of ultrasonic axial strain data. The method uses a mechanically-swept probe to sweep out a single volume while applying a continuously varying axial compression. We examine the image quality and ease of use of the new method with in vitro and in vivo experiments. The new method is easier to use than the current best alternative and so more reliably produces images of superior quality.
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