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Diagnostic analysis of ultrasound data

United States Patent

January 10, 2006
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A method and apparatus are provided for investigating tissue in which acoustic data are derived from scattering a plurality of pulsed spherical or cylindrical acoustic waves from a plurality of transmission elements through the tissue to a plurality of receiving elements. The acoustic data, which include a mix of reflected and transmitted acoustic waves, are received and digitized, and a representation of a portion of the tissue is generated from the digitized acoustic data.
Chambers; David H. (Livermore, CA), Mast; Jeffrey (Loveland, CO), Azevedo; Stephen G. (Livermore, CA), Wuebbeling; Frank (Billerbeck, DE), Natterer; Frank (Muenster, DE), Duric; Neb (Albuquerque, NM), Littrup; Peter J. (Bloomfield, MI), Holsapple; Earle (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI)
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, MI)
10/ 323,467
December 18, 2002
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The Government has rights in this invention pursuant to U.S. Dept. of Energy Work for Others Agreement L-8420.