Patent Number: 6,945,938

Title: Systems and methods for evaluating objects with an ultrasound image

Abstract: According to the invention, an object in an ultrasound image is characterized by considering various in-vivo object parameters and their variability within the ultrasonic imaging data. Specifically, it is assumed that the object may be defined in terms of statistical properties (or object identifying parameters), which are consistently different from properties of the environment. Such properties are referred to as the object's signature. The statistical properties are calculated at selected locations within the image to determine if they fall within a predetermined range of values which represents the object. If within the range, the locations are marked to indicate they are positioned within the object. A border may then be drawn around the object and the area calculated.

Inventors: Grunwald; Sorin (Santa Clara, CA)

Assignee: Boston Scientific Limited

International Classification: A61B 8/00 (20060101); G01S 7/52 (20060101); A61B 8/12 (20060101); A61B 008/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/20/2022