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Application of adaptive image processing technique to real-time spatial compound ultrasound imaging improves image quality.
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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of adaptive filter postprocessing on quality of ultrasound images. METHODS: Ultrasound images acquired with real-time spatial compound imaging (SonoCT imaging) were subsequently processed with an adaptive real time algorithm (XRES imaging). Conventional and XRES-processed images from abdominal, pediatric or small parts ultrasound explorations were compared. The delineation of borders, tissue contrast, amount of noise, and overall image quality were evaluated. RESULTS: Delineation of borders and tissue contrast were improved on all images (P < 0.05). The amount of noise was reduced (P < 0.05). The overall image quality was improved for abdominal, pediatric and small parts ultrasound explorations (P < 0.05). No image degradation was found. CONCLUSIONS: Adaptive processing provided better image quality without loss of clinically useful information.
Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Algorithms, Analysis of Variance, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Image Enhancement/methods, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted/methods, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Middle Aged, Prospective Studies, Statistics, Nonparametric, Ultrasonography/methods
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