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Conformal Ultrasound Imaging System

  • R. S. SinghEmail author
  • M.O. Culjat
  • M. Lee
  • D.B. Bennett
  • S. Natarjan
  • B.P. Cox
  • E.R. Brown
  • W.S. Grundfest
  • H. Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Acoustical Imaging book series (ACIM, volume 30)

Abstract

A conformal ultrasound imaging system has been developed that may potentially provide improved acoustic signal acquisition by wrapping around objects with increased angular coverage. The system features a conformal ultrasound transducer array, with bulk ceramic PZT elements mounted on etched silicon islands connected by patterned flexible polyimide joints, customized portable transmit/receive electronics, and backward propagation based image reconstruction techniques. The system was used to image a cylindrical tissue phantom, demonstrating successful operation and the feasibility of the conformal ultrasound approach.

Keywords

Conformal Imaging system development Flexible transducer Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Dr. E. Carmack Holmes and Cheryl Hein for their support of this project. The authors wish to also thank Dr. Ratnakar R. Neurgaonkar for his help on piezoelectric materials. Additional thanks goes to Priyamvada Tewari, Kimani Williams, Zachary Taylor, Jon Suen, David Goldenberg, and Christopher Cham. This work was supported by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) / Department of Defense under award numbers W81XWH-07-1-0672 and W81XWH-07-1-0668.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • M.O. Culjat
    • 2
  • M. Lee
    • 3
  • D.B. Bennett
    • 4
  • S. Natarjan
    • 5
  • B.P. Cox
    • 6
  • E.R. Brown
    • 7
  • W.S. Grundfest
    • 8
  • H. Lee
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Bioengineering and Surgery, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Bioengineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Electrical Engineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Department of Bioengineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Department of Bioengineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringCenter for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT), University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  8. 8.Department of Bioengineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  9. 9.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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