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Ultrasound imaging through bones: feasibility study

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Develop a new ultrasound technique to see through bones

Ultrasound imaging is widely used as a diagnostic imaging technique. It is used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs. However, ultrasound waves have trouble penetrating bones. For example, ultrasound imaging of the adult brain is currently very limited.

The goal of this thesis is to perform a feasibility study of using ultrasound imaging during hand surgery to image the exact position of surgical implants (like screws) in bones, instead of using X-ray after the surgery. In a first step, the ultrasound frequencies and source configurations will be investigated to maximize imaging resolution using finite element simulations. Then inverse problem resolution strategies will be studied and applied on realistic configuration.


Fig.1: Ultrasound image of hands [1]


[1] Ultrasound Bone Imaging Scanner Market Size(Volume & Value), Growth and Development Trends by 2025, march 2018, rednewswire.com

This project is in collaboration with Professor Geuzaine at University of Liege. (CGeuzaine@uliege.be)

Type of project: Thesis, Internship

Duration: 6-12 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Engineering Science, Master of Bioengineering, Master of Science

Required background: Biomedical engineering, Computer Science, Electromechanical engineering, Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Veronique Rochus (Veronique.Rochus@imec.be)