Temperature estimation in HIFU with lateral speckle tracking

Eunsol Baek, Jongbum Seo

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High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can noninvasively induce thermal coagulation in cancerous tissue. An adequate increase in temperature and an appropriate duration is critical for such thermally induced damage. The aim of this study was to provide a model pertinent to temperature monitoring based on ultrasound imaging in HIFU procedure. A two-dimensional model for temperature estimation based on the linear thermodynamic properties of biological tissues is addressed. To measure temperature changes in the focal zone, we proposed an algorithm using a lateral speckle tracking technique. A modified cross correlation algorithm with a synthetic lateral phase was developed to reduce the computation required allowing for real-time implementation. Using this method, the expected minimum measurable temperature change was approximately 3°C with a resolution of 5 mm in the axial direction and 2 mm in the lateral direction. It is believed that this model is a useful tool for the monitoring of temperature in HIFU.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium and Short Courses, IUS 2009
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424443895
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2009 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2009 Sept 202009 Sept 23

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium
ISSN (Print)1051-0117


Other2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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