An algorithm for ultrasonic tomography based on inversion of the Helmholtz equation

  • F. Stenger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 878)


This paper describes a numerical method for reconstructing the function f(\(\bar r\)) = ω2[c(r)−2−c 0 −2 ], where \(c\left( {\bar r} \right)\) denotes the speed of sound in a bounded body, and c0 denotes the speed of sound in the medium surrounding the body, for both the case of plane wave excitation, \(e^{i\left( {\bar k \cdot \bar r - \omega t} \right)}\), and spherical wave excitation, \({{e^{ik\left| {\bar r - \bar r} \right.} s^{\left| { - i\omega t} \right.} } \mathord{\left/{\vphantom {{e^{ik\left| {\bar r - \bar r} \right.} s^{\left| { - i\omega t} \right.} } {\left[ {4\pi \left| {\bar r - \bar r_s } \right|} \right]}}} \right.\kern-\nulldelimiterspace} {\left[ {4\pi \left| {\bar r - \bar r_s } \right|} \right]}}\). It is assumed that the body is located in the interior of a cylinder of radius a, having the z axis as its axis of symmetry, that the ultrasonic sound pressure is measured on the surface of this cylinder at the points (a cosϑj, a sinϑj, zp), where ϑj = jπ/(2N+1), zp = ph, p = 1,2,…,2N+5. We then describe the reconstruction of f(x,y,zp) = Fp(ρ,ϑ) in the form
$$F_p \left( {\rho ,\theta } \right) = \sum\limits_{j = 1}^{2N + 1} {\sum\limits_{m = - 2N}^{2N} {F_{jm} } } S_j \left( \rho \right)e^{im\theta }$$
where the Fjm are complex numbers and the Sj(ρ) are "Chapeau" splines on a nonequi-spaced mesh. If h and aπ/(2N+1) are of the order of 1/k1/3, where k = ω/c0 = 2π/λ, then the constructed solution Fl satisfies Fp(ρ,ϑ) = f(ρ,ϑ,zp) + O(1/k2), where f denotes the exact solution to the Rytov approximation to the Helmholtz equation.


Line Segment Helmholtz Equation Spherical Wave Wave Source Cardinal Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Stenger
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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