3D ultrasonic imaging apparatus and method

Surgery – Diagnostic testing – Detecting nuclear – electromagnetic – or ultrasonic radiation

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ABSTRACT:
A probe for electronic volume data acquisition using ultrasound incorporates a plurality of transducer elements arranged in a two dimensional array having an azimuth direction and an elevation direction. The transducer elements have a first element size in the azimuth dimension and a second element size in the elevation dimension. At least one of the first and second element sizes is at least twice a characteristic wavelength of a waveform used to drive the array of transducer elements, where the characteristic wavelength is defined as the wavelength corresponding to a center frequency of the waveform. Image data is generated in a scanning process using a CAC-BF technique in an azimuth dimension and/or an elevation dimension, to form an ultrasound image line, image plane, or image data cube.

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