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1. US20030092987 - Ultrasound therapy

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What is claimed is:

1. A method of delivering ultrasound signals, the method comprising:
providing an image of at least a portion of a subject intended to receive ultrasound signals between sources of the ultrasound signals and a desired region of the subject for receiving focused ultrasound signals;
identifying, from the image, physical characteristics of portions of material between the sources and the desired region; and
using a spectral propagation analysis to determine at least one of phase corrections and amplitude corrections for the sources depending on the respective physical characteristics of the portions of the material disposed between each source and the desired region.
 
2. The method of claim 1 wherein the physical characteristics include density and thickness.
 
3. The method of claim 1 wherein the identifying identifies the physical characteristics of different layers of the portions of the material.
 
4. The method of claim 3 wherein the physical characteristics include angle of a layer interface relative to a reference.
 
5. The method of claim 1 wherein the spectral propagation analysis includes a wavevector-frequency domain projection algorithm.
 
6. The method of claim 5 wherein the using includes comparing projected phases from the sources to the desired region accounting for the material and ignoring the material.
 
7. The method of claim 6 wherein the using assumes perpendicular incidence of ultrasound.
 
8. The method of claim 6 further comprising determining an incident angle of ultrasound to the material.
 
9. The method of claim 8 wherein the identifying identifies the physical characteristics of different layers of the portions of the material and the determining an incident angle determines incident angles for each layer of the material.
 
10. A system for delivering ultrasound signals, the system comprising:
an apparatus configured to analyze an image of at least a portion of a subject intended to receive ultrasound signals between sources of the ultrasound signals and a desired region of the subject for receiving focused ultrasound signals, the apparatus configured to determine, from the image using a spectral projection analysis, information about the at least a portion of the subject; and
an array of sources of ultrasound signals having at least respective ones of their relative phases and their amplitudes set in accordance with the information about the at least a portion of the subject provided by the apparatus.
 
11. The system of claim 10 wherein the apparatus comprises means for identifying physical characteristics of multiple layers of the portion of the subject, the physical characteristics including density and thickness.
 
12. The system of claim 11 wherein the physical characteristics further include incident angles of the layers relative to respective sources, the apparatus further comprising means for comparing projected phases of the signals from the sources to the desired region accounting for the portion of the subject and ignoring the portion of the subject.
 
13. The system of claim 10 wherein the apparatus comprises means for performing a wavevector-frequency domain projection algorithm.
 
14. A computer program product residing on a computer readable medium and comprising computer-readable, computer executable instructions for causing a computer to:
analyze an image of at least a portion of a subject to receive ultrasound signals between sources of the ultrasound signals and a desired region of the subject for receiving focused ultrasound signals to identify, from the image, physical characteristics of respective portions of material between the sources and the desired region; and
determine, using a wavevector-frequency domain projection algorithm, at least one of phase corrections and amplitude corrections for the sources depending on respective physical characteristics of portions of the material disposed between each source and the desired region.
 
15. The computer program product of claim 14 wherein the physical characteristics include density and thickness.
 
16. The computer program product of claim 14 wherein the instructions for causing the computer to analyze cause the computer to identify the physical characteristics of different layers of the portions of the material.
 
17. The computer program product of claim 16 wherein the physical characteristics include angles of layer interfaces relative to the sources.
 
18. The computer program product of claim 14 wherein the instructions for causing the computer to analyze cause the computer to compare projected phases from the sources to the desired region accounting for the portions of the material and ignoring the portions of the material.
 
19. The computer program product of claim 18 further comprising instructions for causing the computer to determine the projected phases accounting for the portions of the material assuming perpendicular incidence of ultrasound.
 
20. The computer program product of claim 18 further comprising instructions for causing the computer to determine the projected phases accounting for the portions of the material by determining and using incident angles of ultrasound relative to the layers of the portions of the material.
 
21. The computer program product of claim 20 wherein the instructions for causing the computer to determine incident angles cause the computer to determine incident angles for each layer of the portions of the material.