06135960 is referenced by 59 patents and cites 30 patents.

This invention incorporates the techniques of geophysical technology into medical imaging. Ultrasound waves are generated from multiple, simultaneous sources tuned for maximum penetration, resolution, and image quality. Digitally recorded reflections from throughout the body are combined into a file available for automated interpretation and wavelet attribute analyses. Unique points within the object are imaged from multiple positions for signal-to-noise enhancement and wavelet velocity determinations.

This system describes gaining critical efficiencies by reducing equation variables to known quantities. Sources and receivers are locked in invariant, known positions. Statistically valid measurements of densities and wavelet velocities are combined with object models and initial parameter assumptions. This makes possible three-dimensional images for viewing manipulation, mathematical analyses, and detailed interpretation, even of the body in motion.

The invention imposes a Cartesian coordinate system on the image of the object. This makes reference to any structure within the object repeatable and precise. Finally, the invention teaches how the recording and storing of the received signals from a whole body analysis makes a subsequent search for structures and details within the object possible without reexamining the object.

Title
High-resolution, three-dimensional whole body ultrasound imaging system
Application Number
9/143901
Publication Number
6135960
Application Date
August 31, 1998
Publication Date
October 24, 2000
Inventor
Linda Jean Holmberg
4524 Verone, Bellaire, 77401
TX, US
Agent
Edward P Black
IPC
A61B 8/00
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