Ultrasound imaging using a matrix array allows real-time multi-planar volumetric imaging. To enhance image quality, the matrix array should provide fast volumetric ultrasound imaging with spatially consistent focusing in the lateral and elevational directions. However, because of the significantly increased data size, dealing with massive and continuous data acquisition is a significant challenge. We have designed an imaging acquisition sequence that handles volumetric data efficiently using a single 256-channel Verasonics ultrasound research platform multiplexed with a 1024 element matrix array. The developed sequence has been applied for building an ultrasonic pupilometer. Our results demonstrate the capability of the developed approach for structural visualization of an ex vivo porcine eye and the temporal response of the modeled eye pupil with moving iris at the volume rate of 30 Hz. Our study provides a fundamental ground for researchers to establish their own volumetric ultrasound imaging platform and could stimulate the development of new volumetric ultrasound approaches and applications.
- Publication: (In press) “Design of a Volumetric Imaging Sequence Using a Vantage-256 Ultrasound Research Platform Multiplexed with a 1024-Element Fully-Sampled Matrix Array”, 2019, IEEE Transactions on UFFC