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A PC-based fully-programmable medical ultrasound imaging system using a graphics processing unit

Seokhyun Kim, Hak-yeol Sohn, Jin Ho Chang, Tai-kyoung Song, Yangmo Yoo
Dept. of Electron. Eng., Sogang Univ., Seoul, South Korea
IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2010

@inproceedings{kim2010pc,

   title={A PC-based fully-programmable medical ultrasound imaging system using a graphics processing unit},

   author={Kim, S. and Sohn, H. and Chang, J.H. and Song, T. and Yoo, Y.},

   booktitle={Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2010 IEEE},

   pages={314–317},

   year={2010},

   organization={IEEE}

}

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In this paper, a PC-based fully-programmable medical ultrasound imaging system is presented where a high performance graphics processing unit (GPU) is utilized to perform entire ultrasound processing. In the proposed architecture, ultrasound signal and image processing algorithms were divided into four modules and efficiently implemented on the NVIDA’s Computer Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) platform (GeForce GTX285, NVIDA, Santa Clara, CA, USA). To evaluate the real-time performance of the proposed architecture, 64-channel, 128-scanline pre-beamformed radio-frequency (RF) data were captured with a commercial ultrasound machine (G40, Siemens Healthcare, Mountain View, CA, USA). The execution time was measured by examining the time stamp produced by a CIDA timer. For generating a 800×600 ultrasound B-mode image, it takes 18.32 ms for single-beam based ultrasound processing with the acquisition time of 19.7 ms. These results indicate that the GPU-based fully-programmable system architecture can support real-time ultrasound signal and image processing.
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