Breast ultrasound technology and performance evaluation of ultrasound equipment: B-mode

Elisabetta Sassaroli, Andrea Scorza, Calum Crake, Salvatore Andrea Sciuto, Mi Ae Park

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Ultrasound (US) has become increasingly important in imaging and image-guided interventional procedures. In order to ensure that the imaging equipment performs to the highest level achievable and thus provides reliable clinical results, a number of quality control (QC) methods have been developed. Such QC is increasingly required by accrediting agencies and professional organizations; however, these requirements typically do not include detailed procedures for how the tests should be performed. In this paper, a detailed overview of QC methods for general and breast US imaging using computer-based objective methods is described. The application of QC is then discussed within the context of a common clinical application (US-guided needle biopsy) as well as for research applications, where QC may not be mandated, and thus is rarely discussed. The implementation of these methods will help in finding early stage equipment faults and in optimizing image quality, which could lead to better detection and classification of suspicious findings in clinical applications, as well as improving the robustness of research studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7731138
Pages (from-to)192-205
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • B-mode
  • image quality
  • needle-guided biopsy
  • quality control (QC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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