It has been hypothesized that estimates of mean scatterer spacing are useful indicators for pathological changes to the liver. A commonly employed estimator of the mean scatterer spacing is the location of the maximum of the collapsed average of coherence of the ultrasound radio-frequency signal. To date, in ultrasound, estimators for this quantity have been calculated with a single taper. Using frequency-domain Monte Carlo simulations, we demonstrate that multi-taper estimates of coherence are superior to single-taper estimates for predicting mean scatterer spacing. Scattering distributions were modeled with Gamma-distributed scatterers for fractional standard deviations in scatterer spacings of 5, 10, and 15% at a mean scatterer spacing of 1 mm. Additionally, we demonstrate that we can distinguish between ablated liver tissue and unablated liver tissue based on signal coherence. We find that, on the average, signal coherence is elevated in the liver relative to signal coherence of received echoes from thermally ablated tissue. Additionally, our analysis indicates that a tissue classifier utilizing the multi-taper estimate of coherence has the potential to distinguish between ablated and unablated tissue types better than a single-taper estimate of coherence. For a gate length of 5 mm, we achieved an error rate of only 8.7% when sorting 23 ablated and 23 unablated regions of interest (ROIs) into classes based on multi-taper calculations of coherence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control|
|State||Published - 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering