Birk M., Guth A., Zapf M., Balzer M., Ruiter N., Hubner M., Becker J.
in Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing, DASIP (2011) 67-74, 6136856. DOI:10.1109/DASIP.2011.6136856
As today’s standard screening methods frequently fail to diagnose breast cancer before metastases have developed, earlier breast cancer diagnosis is still a major challenge. Three-dimensional ultrasound computer tomography promises high-quality images of the breast, but is currently limited by a time-consuming synthetic aperture focusing technique based image reconstruction. In this work, we investigate the acceleration of the image reconstruction by a GPU, and by the FPGAs embedded in our custom data acquisition system. We compare the obtained performance results with a recent multi-core CPU and show that both platforms are able to accelerate processing. The GPU reaches the highest performance. Furthermore, we draw conclusions in terms of applicability of the accelerated reconstructions in future clinical application and highlight general principles for speed-up on GPUs and FPGAs. © 2011 IEEE.