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Ultrasound image matching using genetic algorithms

Douglas, T. and Solomonidis, S.E. and Sandham, W.A. and Spence, W.D. (2002) Ultrasound image matching using genetic algorithms. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 40 (2). pp. 168-172. ISSN 0140-0118

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Abstract

Image compounding reduces the artifacts inherent in ultrasound imaging, but accurate matching of images for compounding depends on their accurate placement in the compound image plane. A method is presented to reduce displacement errors during compounding of ultrasound B-scans of a normal human shank. A genetic algorithm was used to place matching B-scans in the compound image. The method was tested on a phantom and was shown to reduce, but not eliminate, mismatches due to the displacement of B-scans from their original position in the compound image plane. The results can be extended to applications in lower-limb prosthetics, where ultrasound imaging can be used to visualise the internal geometry of amputees' residual limbs.