The project has several technological challenges: The procedure is based on thousands of ultrasound transducers arranged in a water-filled examination basin. During the acquisition of an image, large amounts of raw data are acquired, which are then used for the reconstruction of 3D images.
For the development of USCT prototypes we can rely on the competences of our institute:
For the mechanical design, we deal with questions regarding patient and user safety with respect to medical device development. At the same time the development poses functional challenges for the novel technology.
Our research focuses on the simulation, characterization and construction of ultrasound transducers with special characteristics. The competences of the IPE allow research on manufacturing techniques as well as the construction of small series.
Analog and digital electronics
In the field of analog and digital electronics, the challenges are the integration of complex electronic sub-systems into a complete system. The large data volumes and data rates require the development of special hardware with several hundred parallel channels.
In order to calculate high-resolution three-dimensional images from the raw data, complex calculations have to be carried out. We research on the development of image reconstruction, image processing and visualization algorithms as well as their acceleration by means of GPU computing and FPGAs.