Authors

Navalgund Rao

Abstract

From the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com Pulse compression techniques that are capable of producing a large signal-to-noise (SNR) enhancement, have been used successfully in many different fields. For medical applications, frequency-dependent attenuation in soft tissue can limit the usefulness of this method. In the paper, this issue is examined through model-simulation studies. Frequency-modulation (FM) chirp, considered in the study, is just one form of pulse coding technique. Pulse propagation effects in soft tissue are modeled as a linear zero phase filter. A method to perform simulations and estimate the effective time-bandwidth product K is outlined. K describes the SNR enhancement attainable under limitations imposed by the soft-tissue medium. An effective time-bandwidth product is evaluated as a function of soft-tissue linear attenuation coefficient αo, scatterer depth z and the bandwidth of the interrogating FM pulse, under realistic conditions. Results indicate that, under certain conditions, K can be significantly lower than its expected value in a non-attenuating medium. It is argued that although limitations exist, pulse compression techniques can still be used to improve resolution or increase penetrational depth. The real advantage over conventional short-pulse imaging comes from the possibility that these improvements can be accomplished without increasing the peak intensity of the interrogating pulse above any threshold levels set by possible bio-effect considerations.

Publication Date

1994

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Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

Document Type

Article

Department, Program, or Center

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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