The effect of transducer characteristics on the estimation of Nakagami paramater as a function of scatterer concentration

Po Hsiang Tsui, Shyh-Hau Wang

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The effect of transducer characteristics on the sensitivity of the Nakagami parameter to detect the variation of scatterer concentrations was studied. The rationale for this study stems from our pilot results which showed that the Nakagami parameters, estimated using a nonfocused transducer were not as sensitive as those of measurements using a commercial ultrasonic scanner in previous reports. This discrepancy may be attributed to the effects of transducer characteristics relative to the size of the resolution cell as verified by measurements of phantoms and 2-D computer simulations. The Nakagami parameter as a function of scatterer concentration was calculated using backscattered signals acquired from the scattering medium of different scatterer concentrations ranging from 2 to 32 scatterers/mm 3 using both 5 MHz nonfocused and focused transducers. Experimental and simulation results obtained from the nonfocused transducer represent that their respective Nakagami parameters increased from 1.17 to 1.31 and from 0.82 to 1.01 corresponding to the increase of scatterer concentrations. For the results obtained from the focused transducer, their average Nakagami parameters increased from 0.27 to 0.72 and from 0.33 to 0.81. These consistent results demonstrated that Nakagami parameter estimated using a focused transducer tends to be more sensitive than that by a nonfocused transducer to detect the variation of low scatterer concentration. This difference is fully due to the effect of transducer characteristics associated with the effective number of scatterers in the resolution cell. (E-mail:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345-1353
Number of pages9
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 1


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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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