KR101014551B1 - Ultrasound system and method for automatically recognizing object - Google Patents

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KR101014551B1
KR101014551B1 KR20080095421A KR20080095421A KR101014551B1 KR 101014551 B1 KR101014551 B1 KR 101014551B1 KR 20080095421 A KR20080095421 A KR 20080095421A KR 20080095421 A KR20080095421 A KR 20080095421A KR 101014551 B1 KR101014551 B1 KR 101014551B1
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An ultrasound system and method for automatically recognizing an object inside a patient and automatically setting an application and a diagnosis mode required for diagnosis of the object are disclosed. This system and method is characterized in that the patient body coordinate forming unit detects the body shape and position of the patient to form the patient body coordinates comprising a plurality of gratings, and the ultrasound probe contacts the surface of the patient to transmit ultrasound signals to the interior of the patient. And transmit an ultrasound echo signal reflected from the object to form a received signal, and form an ultrasound image of the object by using the received signal according to an application in which the ultrasound diagnosis unit indicates a diagnosis site and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image. And forming a location information by detecting a location of the ultrasound probe in contact with the patient on the patient body coordinates, and storing a mapping table in which the storage unit provides at least one object information corresponding to each of the plurality of grids of the patient body coordinates. Corresponds to the location information of the ultrasonic probe in the mapping table. Extracting at least one of the object information, and controls the settings of the application and diagnostic mode in accordance with the extracted at least one of the object information.
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ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RECOGNIZING OBJECT}

The present invention relates to an ultrasound system and method, and more particularly, to an ultrasound system and method capable of automatically recognizing an object inside a patient and automatically setting an application and a diagnosis mode required for diagnosis of the object.

Ultrasound systems have non-invasive and non-destructive properties and are widely used in the medical field for obtaining information of an object inside a patient. Ultrasound systems are very important in the medical field because they can provide a doctor with a high-resolution image of a subject without the need for a surgical operation to directly incise and observe the patient.

In general, an ultrasound system transmits an ultrasound signal to an object and receives an ultrasound signal (ie, an ultrasound echo signal) reflected from the object to form an ultrasound image of the object.

Conventionally, various types of image processing are performed on an ultrasound image of an object to determine the type and location of the object. For this reason, it is difficult for an inexperienced user to grasp the exact type and position of the object by using only an ultrasound image obtained in real time as compared to an MRI image or a CT image.

The present invention relates to an ultrasound system and method capable of automatically recognizing an object inside a patient and automatically setting an application and a diagnosis mode required for diagnosis of the object.

According to an aspect of the present invention, an ultrasound system includes: a patient body coordinate forming unit configured to detect a body shape and a position of a patient and form a patient body coordinate including a plurality of gratings; An ultrasonic probe in contact with the surface of the patient and transmitting an ultrasonic signal to an object inside the patient, and receiving an ultrasonic echo signal reflected from the object to form a received signal; An ultrasound image forming unit operable to form an ultrasound image of the object using the received signal according to an application indicating a diagnosis site and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image; A position information forming unit operable to detect a position of the ultrasound probe on the patient body coordinates to form position information; A storage unit storing a mapping table for providing at least one object information corresponding to each of the plurality of grids; And a controller configured to extract at least one object information corresponding to the location information from the mapping table, and to control setting of the application and the diagnosis mode according to the extracted at least one object information.

In addition, the automatic object recognition method according to the present invention comprises the steps of: providing a mapping table for providing at least one object information corresponding to each of the plurality of grids; Detecting body shape and position of the patient to form patient body coordinates comprising a plurality of gratings; Detecting position of the ultrasound probe in contact with the patient on the patient body coordinates to form position information of the ultrasound probe; Extracting at least one object information corresponding to the location information from the mapping table; Controlling setting of an application indicating a diagnosis site of the object and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image of the object according to the extracted at least one object information; And setting an application and a diagnosis mode of the ultrasound system according to setting control of the application and the diagnosis mode.

According to the present invention, it is possible to automatically determine the type of the object, it is possible to set the application (application) and the diagnostic mode required for the diagnosis of the object can increase the user's convenience, it is possible to reduce the diagnostic preparation time .

Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with the accompanying drawings. As used herein, the term “subject” includes subjects such as the heart, liver, and kidneys inside the patient, and blood vessels such as the aorta and vena cava.

1 is a block diagram showing an ultrasound system according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. Meanwhile, the ultrasound system 100 further includes a display unit (not shown).

The patient body coordinate forming unit 110 detects the body shape and position (ie, the patient position on the bed) of the patient lying in a bed (not shown) to form a patient body coordinate consisting of a plurality of grids. As an example, the patient body coordinate forming unit 110, as shown in Figure 2 to determine the body shape and the position on the bed 210 with respect to the patient based on a plurality of specific areas (eg, the head) of the patient A patient body coordinate 220 is formed of a grid. Patient body coordinates include the same number of grids, and the spacing between the plurality of grids varies in proportion to the patient's appearance, such as the patient's height and weight. Thus, even if the patient's body appearance is changed by different patients, the same subject is located at similar coordinates in the patient's body coordinates.

The ultrasound diagnosis unit 120 forms an ultrasound image of the patient according to an application indicating a diagnosis site of the patient and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image. In the present embodiment, the ultrasound diagnosis unit 120 is in contact with the surface of the patient to transmit an ultrasound signal to the object, and to receive an ultrasound signal (ie, an ultrasound echo signal) reflected from the object to form a probe 121. And an ultrasound image forming unit 122 operable to form an ultrasound image of an object corresponding to an application and a diagnosis mode using the received signal provided from the probe 121. Although not shown in FIG. 1, the ultrasound image forming unit 122 further includes a beam former, a signal processor, an image processor, and the like.

The position information forming unit 130 detects the position of the ultrasonic probe 121 in contact with the patient on the patient body coordinates to form position information of the ultrasonic probe. As an example, the location information forming unit 130 is installed on one side or inside of the bed, and each side of the plurality of reference signal transmitters (not shown) and the ultrasonic probe 121 that operate to transmit different reference signals, respectively. Is installed inside, by detecting at least one reference signal from a plurality of reference signals transmitted from a plurality of reference signal transmitting unit to detect the position of the ultrasound probe 121 on the body coordinates of the patient to obtain the position information of the ultrasound probe 121 A position detector (not shown) operative to form.

The storage unit 140 stores a mapping table that provides information of an object corresponding to each of the plurality of grids in the body coordinates of the patient. As an example, the storage 140 stores the mapping table as follows.

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The user input unit 150 is implemented with a mouse, a keyboard, a track ball, and the like, and receives a user's object selection. The user's object selection is described below. The user input unit 150 may receive a size measurement request such as a length, an area, and a circumference of the object.

The controller 160 extracts at least one object information corresponding to the position information of the ultrasonic probe provided from the position information forming unit 130 from the mapping table stored in the storage 140, and extracts the extracted at least one object information. Display through the display unit. When an object selection for selecting one object information from the at least one object information displayed on the display by the user is input from the user input unit 150, an application and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image of the object corresponding to the object selection To control the settings. As an example, when the object selection for selecting the aorta from the object information of the heart, the aorta and the breast displayed on the display unit is input from the user input unit 150, the controller 160 may determine an application and diagnosis for forming a color Doppler image of the aorta. Controls the mode setting. Therefore, the ultrasound diagnosis unit 120 may automatically set an application and a diagnosis mode under the control of the controller 160. Meanwhile, the controller 160 controls the size measurement of the object in response to a request for measuring the size of the object provided from the user input unit 150.

In the above-described example, the controller 160 controls the setting of the application and the diagnosis mode for forming the color Doppler image of the aorta. However, the present invention is not limited thereto, and a person skilled in the art can control the application and diagnosis according to the type of the object. It will be appreciated that it is possible to control the setting of the mode.

Those skilled in the art to which the present invention pertains will understand that the present invention can be implemented in other specific forms without setting the technical spirit or essential features. It is therefore to be understood that the above-described embodiments are illustrative in all aspects and not restrictive. The scope of the present invention is shown by the following claims rather than the detailed description, and all settings or modifications derived from the meaning and scope of the claims and their equivalent concepts should be construed as being included in the scope of the present invention. do.

1 is a block diagram showing an ultrasound system according to an embodiment of the present invention.

2 is an exemplary view showing a patient body coordinates according to an embodiment of the present invention.

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  1. As an ultrasonic system,
    A patient body coordinate forming unit operable to detect body shape and position of the patient to form patient body coordinates comprising a plurality of gratings;
    An ultrasonic probe in contact with the surface of the patient and transmitting an ultrasonic signal to an object inside the patient, and receiving an ultrasonic echo signal reflected from the object to form a received signal;
    An ultrasound image forming unit operable to form an ultrasound image of the object using the received signal according to an application indicating a diagnosis site and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image;
    A position information forming unit operable to detect a position of the ultrasound probe on the patient body coordinates to form position information;
    A storage unit storing a mapping table for providing at least one object information corresponding to each of the plurality of grids; And
    A control unit configured to extract at least one object information corresponding to the location information from the mapping table, and control setting of the application and the diagnosis mode according to the extracted at least one object information;
    Ultrasound system comprising a.
  2. The method of claim 1,
    A display unit operable to display the extracted at least one object information; And
    A user input unit operable to receive input of object selection information for selecting one piece of object information from the extracted at least one piece of object information
    Ultrasonic system further comprising.
  3. The method of claim 1, wherein the location information forming unit,
    A plurality of reference signal transmitters, each of the plurality of reference signal transmitters operative to transmit different reference signals;
    Installed at the ultrasonic probe to detect at least one reference signal from a plurality of reference signals transmitted from the plurality of reference signal transmitters to detect the position of the ultrasonic probe on the body coordinates of the patient to form the position information Position detector
    Ultrasound system comprising a.
  4. An automatic recognition method of an object of an ultrasound system including an ultrasound probe,
    a) preparing a mapping table for providing at least one object information corresponding to each of the plurality of grids;
    b) detecting the body shape and position of the patient to form patient body coordinates comprising a plurality of gratings;
    c) detecting position of the ultrasound probe in contact with the patient on the patient body coordinates to form position information of the ultrasound probe;
    d) extracting at least one object information corresponding to the location information from the mapping table;
    e) controlling the setting of an application indicating a diagnosis site of the object and a diagnosis mode for forming an ultrasound image of the object according to the extracted at least one object information; And
    f) setting an application and a diagnosis mode of the ultrasound system according to control of setting the application and the diagnosis mode;
    Automatic object recognition method comprising a.
  5. The method of claim 4, wherein step e)
    Receiving object selection information for selecting one object information from the extracted at least one object information; And
    Controlling setting of the application and the diagnosis mode according to the object selection information;
    Automatic object recognition method further comprising.
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