A novel dual-frequency imaging method for intravascular ultrasound applications

Weibao Qiu, Yan Chen, Chi Man Wong, Baoqiang Liu, Jiyan Dai, Hairong Zheng

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Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), which is able to delineate internal structures of vessel wall with fine spatial resolution, has greatly enriched the knowledge of coronary atherosclerosis. A novel dual-frequency imaging method is proposed in this paper for intravascular imaging applications. A probe combined two ultrasonic transducer elements with different center frequencies (36 MHz and 78 MHz) is designed and fabricated with PMN-PT single crystal material. It has the ability to balance both imaging depth and resolution, which are important imaging parameters for clinical test. A dual-channel imaging platform is also proposed for real-time imaging, and this platform has been proven to support programmable processing algorithms, flexible imaging control, and raw RF data acquisition for IVUS applications. Testing results show that the -6 dB axial and lateral imaging resolutions of low-frequency ultrasound are 78 and 132 μm, respectively. In terms of high-frequency ultrasound, axial and lateral resolutions are determined to be as high as 34 and 106 μm. In vitro intravascular imaging on healthy swine aorta is conducted to demonstrate the performance of the dual-frequency imaging method for IVUS applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dual-channel imaging platform
  • Dual-frequency imaging
  • Intravascular ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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