ZONE Sonography is an entirely new approach to ultrasound image acquisition and processing. Conventional systems acquire acoustic data line-by-line and focus it with a beamformer using only a small fraction of the actual information contained in the echo data set. ZONE Sonography has the ability to utilize all of the information contained in the returning echo data set and as such can cover the field of view in much fewer transmit / receive cycles. While it might be intuitive that simultaneously collecting data from these larger regions would be more efficient, it is understandably less intuitive that fewer acquisitions could result in improved image quality. ZONE Sonography enables this performance advantage by retrospectively analyzing these complete echo data sets to synthesize a continuous transmit focus at every image point.
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