A two-fold enhancement of ultrasound vessel images using a non-local based restoration and morphological filtering

Saba Adabi, Siavash Ghavami, Mahdi Bayat, Mostafa Fatemi, Azra Alizad

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In addition to structural morphology, tissue's vascular network may provide valuable complementary information on the altered lesions and the tumor angiogenesis. Although ultrafast Doppler ultrasound (UDF) imaging enables ultrasound to image microvessels with high sensitivity, these images still suffer from artifacts. In this study, we addressed small vessel visualization and associated noise problem in ultrasound high framerate plane wave in-vivo imaging. We developed a combination of nonlocal means and morphological filtering on the UDF clutter removed data in order to obtain enhanced vessel images and improved outlining. We tested our algorithm on a flow phantom and in vivo data of the breast masses. The results show that the proposed method added an incremental gain of about 16 dB in terms of signal to noise ratio and has potential to facilitate ultrasound small vessel imaging quantification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2019
Subtitle of host publicationUltrasonic Imaging and Tomography
EditorsBrett C. Byram, Nicole V. Ruiter
ISBN (Electronic)9781510625570
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventMedical Imaging 2019: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography - San Diego, United States
Duration: Feb 17 2019Feb 18 2019

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2019: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Microvascular
  • Noise
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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