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High frequency annular arrays can provide very good resolution in ultrasound bio-microscopy Numerical simulation of their imaging patterns is essential for good design. However, the commonly used Spatial Impulse Response (SIR) method is not ideal for calculating annular array patterns numerically. An algorithm based on the direct solution of the Rayleigh Integral has been developed, which shows good efficiency and accuracy. In combination with FEA (used to calculate the transducer output), a good agreement with published data is achieved, with much reduced compute time. Introduction 1 Algorithm 2 Principle Accuracy and Results 3 Conclusion 4 Reference 5 [1] Szabo, T.L., Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out. 2004: Elsevier Academic Press. [2] Snook, K.A., et al., High-frequency ultrasound annular-array imaging. Part I: Array design and fabrication. Ieee Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, (2): p More references can be found in the full paper. Direct Solution of the Rayleigh Integral to Obtain the Radiation Pattern of an Annular Array Ultrasonic Transducer Y. Qian, S.P. Beeby, N. R. Harris School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK Figure 1 Radiating source with arbitrary shape for Rayleigh integral It is found that N ap of 128 and N th of 512 is sufficient to show accurate results within an acceptable computing time (a few minutes). Figure 2 Imaging pattern by the direct method with (a) various N ap but N th =256, and (b) N ap =128 but various N th An algorithm based on Equation (2) is then developed by using Matlab (computing software). The above responses are based on an ideal radiating source, while the actual emitted pulses could be non-ideal. To allow for practical discrepancies, FEA (Finite Element Analysis) is used to obtain practical pulse data which is then then combined into the algorithm. Pure FEA results are given below for comparison (compute time >48hrs) The combined method not only provides reliable results compared to the practical response (or FEA), but also reduces the huge amount of computing time required if FEA is solely used for imaging evaluation The direct solution of the Rayleigh Integral successfully evaluates annular array patterns. By using a combination of FEA and the Rayleigh Integral, accurate results are achieved with a significant saving in computing time. The Rayleigh integral is used to evaluate the acoustic diffraction by calculating the pressure at point P in the focal plane [1], as illustrated below Focal line is defined as a line drawn from the point on the Z-axis at the focal plane and represents the whole focal plane due to the axis-symmetric condition. Pressure p is then expressed as follows, Algorithm Instead of using Fourier or Hankel transforms as in the SIR method, Equation (1) can be solved directly in the time domain by a discretization process to prevent the calculation difficulties that emerge in annular arrays. Polar coordinates are then introduced for the annular array geometry; three of these tiny elements are magnified to be clearly seen in Figure 1(b) (shaded region). The increment of radius and azimuth angle is set to be r and φ for the element, respectively. Equation (1) is thus transferred to a discrete Rayleigh integral expressed by Equation (2). where r and φ are the increment of radius and azimuth angle for source dS, respectively; N ap and N th are the number of points along the radial and azimuth directions. Please notice that for an annular array to focus, a time delay t d is required for each element to follow the focusing rule, and this is absorbed into g(t) as described in the full paper. A 30MHz, 5 element, 1mm diameter annular array [2] is chosen as an example for the numerical evaluation Accuracy The accuracy depends on N ap and N th, but large values increase computing time. A compromise is needed between speed and accuracy Figure 2 shows the pattern along the focal plane with different N ap and N th. Results Figure 3 Imaging pattern of the 1mm array along focal line by using different method (1) (2) where r f and r are vectors representing the point in the focal and aperture planes respectively; dS is the radiation source element with its polar coordinate (r, φ), R is the distance between dS and P, c and ρ 0 are the speed of sound and density of the fluid.

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