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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter November 26, 2020

Novel Assistive Device for Tomographic Ultrasound Neck Imaging vs. Freehand

  • Marcel Köhler EMAIL logo , Elmer Jeto Gomes Ataide , Jens Ziegle , Axel Boese and Michael Friebe


For assessing clinically relevant structures in the neck area, especially the thyroid, it has been shown that 3D or tomographic ultrasound (3D US or tUS) is able to outperform standard 2D ultrasound [1] and computed tomography [2] for certain diagnostic procedures. However, when using a freehand and unassisted scanning method to acquire a 3D US volume data set in this area overlapping image slices, a variation of the probe angulation or differences in training might lead to unusable scanning results. Based on previous works [3] [4] we propose the design - with subsequent testing - of an assistive device that is able to aid physicians during the tUS scanning process on the neck. To validate the feasibility and efficacy we compared the image quality of both freehand and assisted scanning.

Published Online: 2020-11-26
Published in Print: 2020-09-01

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