US 10,376,240 B2
Contrast agent sensitive medical ultrasound imaging
David P. Duncan, Renton, WA (US); Xiaozheng Zeng, Sammamish, WA (US); and Ismayil M. Guracar, Redwood City, CA (US)
Assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Malvern, PA (US)
Filed by Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Malvern, PA (US)
Filed on May 15, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/713,810.
Prior Publication US 2016/0331350 A1, Nov. 17, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 8/00 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 8/481 (2013.01) [A61B 8/488 (2013.01); A61B 8/5223 (2013.01); A61B 8/54 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
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1. A method for medical ultrasound imaging of contrast agents, the method comprising:
scanning, by a beamformer and transducer, a region of a patient having contrast agents;
detecting, by a detector, the contrast agents with at least two different contrast agent imaging techniques from ultrasound data resulting from the scanning;
comparing, by a processor, responses of the contrast agents detected between the at least two different contrast agent imaging techniques;
selecting, by the processor, a contribution of the at least two different contrast agent imaging techniques, the selecting being based on the comparing; and
performing contrast agent imaging of the patient using at least one of the contrast agent imaging techniques, the performing being based on the selected contribution,
wherein comparing responses comprises comparing contrast sensitivity,
wherein selecting comprises selecting the contribution as a ratio of the at least two different contrast agent imaging techniques less than 1.0 and more than 0.0, and wherein performing comprises generating a contrast agent image as a combination of information from each of the at least two different contrast agent imaging techniques with the combination being a function of the contribution.