Texture analysis of medical images gives quantitative information about the tissue characterization for possible pathology discrimination. Ultrasound B-mode images are generated through a process called beamforming. Then, to obtain the final 8-bit image, the dynamic range value must be set. It is currently unknown how different beamforming techniques or dynamic range values may alter the final image texture. We provide here a robustness analysis of first and higher order texture features using six beamforming methods and seven dynamic range values, on experimental phantom and in vivo musculoskeletal images acquired using two different ultra -sound research scanners. To investigate the repeatability of the texture parameters, we applied the multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and estimated the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) on the texture features calculated on the B-mode images created with different beamforming methods and dynamic range values. We demonstrated the high repeatability of texture features when varying the dynamic range and showed texture features can differentiate between beamforming methods through a MANOVA analysis, hinting at the potential future clinical application of specific beamformers.

Texture analysis of ultrasound images obtained with different beamforming techniques and dynamic ranges - A robustness study

Matrone, Giulia;
2023-01-01

Abstract

Texture analysis of medical images gives quantitative information about the tissue characterization for possible pathology discrimination. Ultrasound B-mode images are generated through a process called beamforming. Then, to obtain the final 8-bit image, the dynamic range value must be set. It is currently unknown how different beamforming techniques or dynamic range values may alter the final image texture. We provide here a robustness analysis of first and higher order texture features using six beamforming methods and seven dynamic range values, on experimental phantom and in vivo musculoskeletal images acquired using two different ultra -sound research scanners. To investigate the repeatability of the texture parameters, we applied the multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and estimated the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) on the texture features calculated on the B-mode images created with different beamforming methods and dynamic range values. We demonstrated the high repeatability of texture features when varying the dynamic range and showed texture features can differentiate between beamforming methods through a MANOVA analysis, hinting at the potential future clinical application of specific beamformers.
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