Three-dimensional colour doppler imaging

Paul A. Picot, Daniel W. Rickey, Ross Mitchell, Richard N. Rankin, Aaron Fenster

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We have developed a system to acquire in vivo three-dimensional (3D) colour velocity images of peripheral vasculature. A clinical ultrasound system was modified by mounting the transducer on a motor-driven translation stage, allowing planar ultrasound images to be acquired along a 37 mm long stroke. A 3D velocity image is acquired by digitizing, in synchrony with the cardiac cycle, successive video images as the transducer is moved over the skin surface. 3D images require about 1 min to acquire and 10 min to reconstruct before being viewed interactively. Image acquisition at several points in the cardiac cycle permits a cine-type reconstructed image. Geometrical, temporal and velocity accuracy of the acquisition and reconstruction have been quantified and found not to degrade the image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993


  • Blood flow visualisation
  • Carotid arteries
  • Colour Doppler ultrasound
  • Quantitative velocity measurement
  • Three dimensions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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