Focal spot precise localization highly contributes to the accuracy and safety of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) therapies, and it is usually performed by means of Magnetic Resonance-Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse imaging (MR-ARFI). Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse imaging using ultrasound (US-ARFI) is herein proposed as a valid alternative to MR-ARFI for an accurate and non-destructive detection of the focal spot position during the pre-treatment phase. To this aim, a system composed of a HIFU transducer for generating the acoustic radiation force and a 2D confocal ultrasound probe for measuring the induced micro-displacement have been used. Then, an algorithm based on the Normalized Cross Correlation was implemented for the creation of a displacement map in which the highest displacement area, corresponding to the focal spot region, is unequivocally visualized. The feasibility of the proposed USARFI method for HIFU focal spot localization was successfully demonstrated in a tissue mimicking phantom model.
|Titolo:||Ultrasound Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse imaging for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound focal spot localization|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo Atti Congressi/Articoli in extenso|