Spatiotemporal visualization of the tongue surface using ultrasound and Kriging (SURFACES)

Vijay Parthasarathy, Maureen Stone, Jerry L. Prince

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Analyzing the motion of the human tongue surface provides valuable information about speech and swallowing. One method to analyse this motion is to acquire two-dimensional ultrasound images and extract the tongue surface contours from them. Quantitative and statistical analysis of these extracted contours is made difficult because of the absence of physical fleshpoint markers on them. In this research, this problem is overcome by pre-processing the contours using Kriging. Pre-processing includes extrapolating and resampling the contours on a regular spatial grid. The preprocessed contours can then be visualized as spatiotemporal surfaces. A dedicated user interface called SURFACES is designed to aid in the generation, visualization and quantitative comparisons of these spatiotemporal surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-544
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Extrapolation
  • Kriging
  • Spatiotemporal surface
  • Tongue
  • Ultrasound
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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