Real time near field ultrasound imaging of soft tissues with linear phased arrays is subject to a variety of problems. These include 1) Image ambiguities which result from the finite sampling of the aperture and limiti. effective dynamic range; 2) Coherent speckle in the image; 3) The wavelength dependence of some reflectors. A substantial reduction in the effect of these problems on image quality may be achieved by the use of transducer arrays with wider bandwidths. Towards this end, a broadband linear array transducer was designed and constructed. This transducer overcomes the usual compromise between sensitivity and bandwidth typical of mechanically damped transducers, by using arrays of differing frequencies.
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