Fractal dimension of 40 MHz intravascular ultrasound radio frequency signals

E. Santos Filho, Y. Saijo, A. Tanaka, T. Yambe, M. Yoshizawa

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Objective: Fully automatic tissue characterization in intravascular ultrasound systems is still a challenge for the researchers. The present work aims to evaluate the feasibility of using the Higuchi fractal dimension of intravascular ultrasound radio frequency signals as a feature for tissue characterization. Methods: Fractal dimension images are generated based on the radio frequency signals obtained using mechanically rotating 40 MHz intravascular ultrasound catheter (Atlantis SR Plus, Boston Scientific, USA) and compared with the corresponding correlation images. Conclusion: An inverse relation between the fractal dimension images and the correlation images was revealed indicating that the hard or slow moving tissues in the correlation image usually have low fractal dimension and vice-versa. Thus, the present study suggests that fractal dimension images may be used as a feature for intravascular ultrasound tissue characterization and present better resolution then the correlation images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar


  • Coronary artery
  • Fractal dimension
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Radio frequency signal
  • Tissue characterization


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