Electrical impedance tomography imaging using a priori ultrasound data

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Abstract

Background: Different imaging systems ( e. g. electrical, magnetic, and ultrasound) rely on a wide variety of physical properties, and the datasets obtained from such systems provide only partial information about the unknown true state. One approach is to choose complementary imaging systems, and to combine the information to achieve a better representation. Methods: This paper discusses the combination of ultrasound and electrical impedance tomography (EIT) information. Ultrasound reflection signals are good at locating sharp acoustic density changes associated with the boundaries of objects. Some boundaries, however, may be indeterminable due to masking from intermediate boundaries or because they are outside the ultrasound beam. Conversely, the EIT data contains relatively low-quality information, but it includes the whole region enclosed by the electrodes. Results: Results are shown from a narrowband level-set method applied to 2D and 3D EIT incorporating limited angle ultrasound time of flight data. Conclusion: The EIT reconstruction is shown to be faster and more accurate using the additional edge information from both one and four transducer ultrasound systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioMedical Engineering OnLine
Volume5
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2006

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