Ultrasonic imaging using the Doppler effect caused by a moving transducer

Keinosuke Nagai, James F. Greenleaf

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An imaging method using the Doppler effect is proposed in this paper. An object is illuminated by a sinusoidal wave from a linearly moving transducer. The frequency components of the reflected wave can be considered to be projections along lines at specified corresponding angles from the transducer. One can reconstruct images by applying conventional CT (computerized tomography) algorithms to the projections thus obtained. The theory is derived for coherent and incoherent processing. Theoretical results are confirmed by numerical simulations. Experimental results show that coherent Doppler tomography is much higher in resolution but more noisy than incoherent Doppler tomography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1249-1254
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering(all)


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