Image Human Thorax Using Ultrasound Traveltime Tomography with Supervised Descent Method

Tong Zhang, Rui Guo, Haolin Zhang, Hongyu Zhou, Yeyu Cao, Maokun Li, Fan Yang, Shenheng Xu
2022 Applied Sciences  
The change of acoustic velocity in the human thorax reflects the functional status of the respiratory system. Imaging the thorax's acoustic velocity distribution can be used to monitor the respiratory system. In this paper, the feasibility of imaging the human thorax using ultrasound traveltime tomography with a supervised descent method (SDM) is studied. The forward modeling is computed using the shortest path ray tracing (SPR) method. The training model is composed of homogeneous acoustic
more » ... city background and a high-velocity rectangular block moving in the domain of interest (DoI). The average descent direction is learned from the training set. Numerical experiments are conducted to verify the method's feasibility. Normal thorax model experiment proves that SDM traveltime tomography can efficiently reconstruct thorax acoustic velocity distribution. Numerical experiments based on synthetic thorax model of pleural effusion and pneumothorax show that SDM traveltime tomography has good generalization ability and can detect the change of acoustic velocity in human thorax. This method might be helpful for the diagnosis and evaluation of respiratory diseases.
doi:10.3390/app12136763 fatcat:y2gjofca7jbvphetevxo7chqje