Development of a Noninvasive Method to Diagnose Bladder Outlet Obstruction Based on Decorrelation of Sequential Ultrasound Images

Muhammad Arif, Tim Idzenga, CL de Korte, Ron Mastrigt

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OBJECTIVE To develop an ultrasound (US)-based method for noninvasive diagnosing of bladder outlet obstruction, and the relationship between decorrelation of sequential US images and the degree of obstruction in a urethra model was studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS A flexible model of a male urethra was constructed from 15% aqueous solution of polyvinyl alcohol cryogel. To create 4 different degrees of obstruction, polyvinyl alcohol rings representing the prostate were placed around the model. Each model was perfused at different flow rates (1-15 mL/s) with an aqueous solution containing scattering particles mimicking urine. At each flow rate, 10 sequential US images were acquired. The average correlation coefficients between the images were calculated and plotted as a function of the degree of obstruction and the flow rate. RESULTS The average correlation decreased approximately linearly with an increase in the degree of obstruction. This decrease in correlation (decorrelation) might be due to turbulence caused by the obstruction. A higher degree of obstruction creates more turbulence and results in a higher decorrelation between sequential US images. CONCLUSION Quantification of the decorrelation between sequential US images may provide us with a new approach to noninvasively diagnose bladder outlet obstruction. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)648-652
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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