Ultrasound imaging software framework for real-time monitoring of acoustic ablation therapy

Hyun Jae Kang, Nishikant P. Deshmukh, Philipp Stolka, E. Clif Burdette, Emad M. Boctor

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The concern with interstitial ablative therapy for a treatment of hepatic tumors has been growing. In spite of advances in these therapies, there are several technical challenges due to tissue deformation and target motion: localization of the tumor and monitoring for ablator's tip and thermal dose in heated tissue. In the previous work[1], a steerable acoustic ablator, called ACUSITT, for targeting of ablation tip accurately into tumor area has been developed. However, real-time monitoring techniques for providing image feedback of the ablation tip positioning and thermal dose deposited in the tissue by heating are still needed. In this paper, a new software framework for real-time monitoring ablative therapy during pre- and intra-operation is presented. The software framework provides ultrasound Brightness Mode (B-Mode) image and elastography simultaneously and with real-time. A position of ablator's tip and a region of heated tissue are monitored on B-Mode image, because the image represents tissue morphology. Furthermore, ultrasound elasticity image is used for finding a boundary and region of tumor on pre-ablation, and monitoring thermal dose in tissue during ablation. By providing B-Mode image and elastography at the same time, reliable information for monitoring thermal therapy can be offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2012
Subtitle of host publicationUltrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
StatePublished - May 14 2012
EventMedical Imaging 2012: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 5 2012Feb 6 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2012: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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