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Title: A programmable, cost-effective, real-time high frequency ultrasound imaging board based on high-speed FPGA
Authors: Qiu, W
Yu, Y
Sun, L 
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Source: 2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings : California, October 11-14, 2010, p. 1976-1979
Abstract: High frequency (>20MHz) ultrasound imaging has made it possible to delineate small structures with fine spatial resolution. Previously, a high frequency high frame rate imaging system had been developed for small animal cardiac imaging. This paper presents further development of a programmable, low-cost, real-time high frequency ultrasound imaging board based on high-speed FPGA. Utilization of FPGA facilitates programmable applications with high flexibility. The printed circuit board (PCB) design achieves cost-effectiveness and compactness. The PCI bus interface allows high speed data transfer and real-time imaging. The dedicated front-end electronics showed a minimum detectable signal of 18μV, allowing a 50dB dynamic range at a total gain of 50dB. The high-speed analog to digital converter (ADC) with a typical 10.8 bit ENOB was employed to accomplish high speed data acquisition. Algorithms such as band-pass filter, envelope detection and digital scan converter were implemented in the FPGA with high speed and high flexibility. Finally, wire phantom experiment showed good performance of such a programmable and compact design.
Keywords: FPGA
High frequency ultrasound
Publisher: IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0382-9
ISSN: 1948-5719
DOI: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2010.5935574
Rights: ©2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
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