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Composite ultrasound imaging apparatus and method

United States Patent

5,806,521
September 15, 1998
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An imaging apparatus and method for use in presenting composite two dimensional and three dimensional images from individual ultrasonic frames. A cross-sectional reconstruction is applied by using digital ultrasound frames, transducer orientation and a known center. Motion compensation, rank value filtering, noise suppression and tissue classification are utilized to optimize the composite image.
Morimoto; Alan K. (Albuquerque, NM), Bow, Jr.; Wallace J. (Albuquerque, NM), Strong; David Scott (Albuquerque, NM), Dickey; Fred M. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 622,129
March 26, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.