Three-dimensional ultrasound imaging

Prager, R.W., Ijaz, U.Z. , Treece, G.M. and Gee, A.H. (2010) Three-dimensional ultrasound imaging. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 224(2), pp. 193-223. (doi: 10.1243/09544119JEIM586) (PMID:20349815)

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This review is about the development of three-dimensional (3D) ultrasonic medical imaging, how it works, and where its future lies. It assumes knowledge of two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound, which is covered elsewhere in this issue. The three main ways in which 3D ultrasound may be acquired are described: the mechanically swept 3D probe, the 2D transducer array that can acquire intrinsically 3D data, and the freehand 3D ultrasound. This provides an appreciation of the constraints implicit in each of these approaches together with their strengths and weaknesses. Then some of the techniques that are used for processing the 3D data and the way this can lead to information of clinical value are discussed. A table is provided to show the range of clinical applications reported in the literature. Finally, the discussion relating to the technology and its clinical applications to explain why 3D ultrasound has been relatively slow to be adopted in routine clinics is drawn together and the issues that will govern its development in the future explored.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ijaz, Dr Umer
Authors: Prager, R.W., Ijaz, U.Z., Treece, G.M., and Gee, A.H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2041-3033

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