Three-dimensional evaluation of microvascular networks using contrast-enhanced ultrasound and microbubble tracking

Kenneth Johnson, Ipek Oezdemir, Kenneth Hoyt

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Evaluating tumor microvascular networks with use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) imaging and one-dimensional (1D) linear array transducers have inherit limitations as tumors exist in volume space. The use of a mechanical sweep allows users to overcome this limitation. To that end, we have developed a new method by which a 1D linear array transducer can be mechanically scanned over a region-of-interest to capture a volume of data allowing for the evaluation of microvasculature structures in 3D space. After intravascular injection of a microbubble (MB) contrast agent into a developing chicken embryo, a sequence of CEUS images were acquired using a Vevo 3100 scanner (VisualSonics Inc) and taken at multiple tissue cross-sections. The CEUS images were processed with a singular value filter (SVF) to help remove any clutter signal. MB localization was performed, and frame-to-frame MB movement was analyzed to produce spatial maps depicting blood flow and velocity at each tissue cross-section. Reconstruction of all images allowed visualization of microvascular networks and blood velocity distribution in volume space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781728154480
StatePublished - Sep 7 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2020 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Sep 7 2020Sep 11 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Conference2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Contrast agent
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Microbubbles
  • Microvascular networks
  • Ultrasound
  • Volume imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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