Fusion Imaging for Flow

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In the case of vector flow imaging systems, the most common beamforming techniques employed are the directional beamforming based cross correlation and the triangulation-based autocorrelation. However, the directional beamforming-based techniques require an additional angle estimator and are not reliable if the flow angle is not constant throughout the region of interest. On the other hand, estimates with triangulation-based techniques are prone to large bias and variance at low imaging depths due to limited angle for left and right apertures. In view of this, a novel angle independent depth aware fusion beamforming approach is proposed and evaluated in this project. The hypothesis behind the proposed approach is that the peripheral flows are transverse in nature, where directional beamforming can be employed without the need of an angle estimator and the deeper flows being non-transverse and directional, triangulation-based vector flow imaging can be employed.