Tasks and Tools
The responsibilities of this team will be bi-fold in that it will be involved in management and overall project coordination as well as in a number of scientific activities:
- Coordination: As project coordinator, the lab will initiate and coordinate the management activities.
- Ultrasound Signal Processing and Pulse Design: In close collaboration with DoseVue NV and STADIUS, and in close consultation with Fraunhofer IBMT, the lab will develop, implement and evaluate the differential ultrasound measurement approach (WP4). The lab will share a PhD student and PostDoc with STADIUS.
- Radiation-Resistant Ultrasound System: The lab will provide its expertise on ultrasound equipment and beamforming for the specification and design of the radiation-resistant ultrasound system of WP5.
- Validation: The group will actively contribute to the in-vivo validation experiments of WP6. In particular, the lab will perform the ultrasound imaging as well as data processing in order to evaluate compliance between in-vitro and in-vivo UCA acoustic signature, and to assess the feasibility of the UCA-based dosimeter concept in-vivo.
Through its physical integration in the hospital, the lab has access to the latest clinical ultrasound technologies from all major vendors (GE Vingmed E9, Siemens Acuson SC2000, Philips EPIQ, Toshiba Artida). Moreover, based on research contracts with some of these vendors, enhanced access to the scanners and exported data is available. In addition, in 2010, a high-frequency ultrasound system dedicated to small animal imaging (VisualSonics Vevo2100) was acquired based on funding of the Flemish government providing access to the radiofrequency (RF) data. Finally, a 64-channel open ultrasound imaging platform (B&K, Analogics) is available for 2D imaging while recently (January ’15) a 1024-channel imaging platform (existing of 256 independent electronics channels combined with 1:4 multiplexers to control 1024 sensor elements) connecting to a 32x32 element phased array (PZT) transducer was acquired in order to develop new volumetric imaging schemes. All of the above mentioned equipment and expertise will show useful for AMPHORA.