MaUSCoupling

Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

Automatic acoustic coupling for robotic ultrasound imaging

Supervision: Christoph Hennersperger, Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab

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Abstract

Medical ultrasound (US) is already used today as the primary modality of choice for many clinical indications. Robotic ultrasound systems could potentially provide an automation of current ultrasound acquisitions, which would be especially helpful for interventional and screening applications. While the feasibility of automatized ultrasound imaging systems was shown by various research groups up to now, the application of ultrasound gel still needs to be performed manually today. This project focuses on ultrasound coupling and aims at overcoming this issue based on developments in other research areas to allow for automatic robotic ultrasound acquisitions.

Tasks

The aim of this project is to develop an automatized method to match the impedances of the outer body to the inner body environment, allowing for US imaging without requiring manual gel application. The work will be developed on the foundation of various efforts in terms of ultrasound imaging in our group. In view of the project, there is a possibility to integrate a developed solution with the existing robotic ultrasound platform developed by our chair. The project could either explore the possibility to use alternative materials for acoustic coupling, or develop an automatized application method. The project aims to provide the following:
  • Exploration and evaluation of alternatives to acoustic coupling with medical ultrasound gel (e.g. research in other ultrasound applications).
  • Development of a prototype for automatic gel coupling either by automatic gel application, or by developing an alternative method.

Requirements

Interested students should have good knowledge in C++. Basic knowledge in ultrasound imaging and GPU programming is beneficial.

Project environment

The project is located both in the interdisciplinary research laboratory at Klinikum rechts der Isar (http://campar.in.tum.de/Chair/IFL), as well as at the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures in Garching. Interested students will be immersed in our collaborative team working on ultrasound imaging, and the focus of the work can be adjusted to the specific scientific interests of the student.

Literature

  • [1] Navab, Nassir, Christoph Hennersperger, Benjamin Frisch, Bernhard Fuerst. "Personalized, Relevance-based Multimodal Robotic Imaging and Augmented Reality for Computer Assisted Interventions." Medical Image Analysis (2016).
  • [2] Esposito, Marco, et al. "Cooperative robotic gamma imaging: enhancing us-guided needle biopsy." International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention. Springer International Publishing, 2015.

Detailed project description


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Title: Automatic acoustic coupling for robotic ultrasound imaging
Abstract: Medical ultrasound (US) is already used today as the primary modality of choice for many clinical indications. Robotic ultrasound systems could potentially provide an automation of current ultrasound acquisitions, which would be especially helpful for interventional and screening applications. While the feasibility of automatized ultrasound imaging systems was shown by various research groups up to now, the application of ultrasound gel still needs to be performed manually today. This project focuses on ultrasound coupling and aims at overcoming this issue based on developments in other research areas to allow for automatic robotic ultrasound acquisitions.
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Director: Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab
Supervisor: Christoph Hennersperger
Type: Master Thesis
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Status: open
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