Automatic B-line detection in paediatric lung ultrasound

Pui Anantrasirichai, Marco Allinovi, Wesley Hayes, Alin Achim

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

12 Citations (Scopus)
430 Downloads (Pure)


B-lines, defined as discrete laser-like vertical hyperechoic reverberation artefacts in lung ultrasounds, have been shown to correlate with extravascular lung water in symptomatic and asymptomatic adults and children on dialysis. Recent studies have shown this technique to be useful in children on dialysis. B-line detection in lung ultrasound in children is novel and challenging. This paper presents a novel automatic B-line detection via an inverse problem involving the Radon transform, which is solved using the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM). The proposed method restores the lines in the speckle images. Then, the B-lines are automatically detected using a simple local maxima technique in the Radon transform domain, associated with some definitions of the line artefacts. The results show that our proposed method outperforms existing methods by up to 69 %.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Volume2016 November
ISBN (Electronic)9781467398978
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2016 - Tours, France
Duration: 18 Sept 201621 Sept 2016


Conference2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2016


  • ADMM
  • inverse problem
  • line detection
  • lung ultrasound
  • ultrasound


Dive into the research topics of 'Automatic B-line detection in paediatric lung ultrasound'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this