Detecting Stripe Artefacts in Ultrasound Parametric Images

Abstract

Parametric ultrasound images visualising a patient’s brain perfusion often suffer from stripe artefacts– a darker, radially oriented image region originating from inhomogeneities in the cranial bone or thedura mater. We present an algorithm for detecting these artifacts with regard to automatic evaluationof parametric images. The algorithm exploits that stripe artefacts by virtue of their origin are alwaysparallel to the ultrasound beam. After image preprocessing the algorithm amplifies vertical structureswith a suitable filter kernel. It then continues to work on single possible strip e artefacts which are markedas such based on their average grey values in different subparts. Our results show that the algorithmrecognizes stripe artefacts with an error rate of 0-7% in different images with artificial and real artefacts.Thus, it provides an important step towards automatic image evaluation since stripe artefacts are veryclose in their local appearance to pathological areas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedizinische Technik
Volume50
Issue numbersuppl. vol. 1
Pages (from-to)1235-1236
Number of pages2
ISSN0013-5585
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2005

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