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Adaptive 4-D Processing for Digital Ultrasound Medical Systems

Objective

ADUMS aims to define and develop an advanced 4D (3D-Spatial + 1D-Temporal) ultrasound system technology with high-image resolution capabilities. Technology is applicable in a variety of next generation system applications including: a) Wireless communications echo cancellation and signal distribution by directional antennas, b) Volumetric ultrasound for medical imaging, c) 3D underwater sonar camera for divers, mine hunting, underwater inspection, d) 3D non-destructive quality inspection of materials. The differentiation between these systems is in the frequency regime that defines the application area and the array configuration in terms of sensor spacing and sensor technology. The proposed effort is based on the results of the EC-IST projects: "MITTUG", 'TelelnVivo' and 'mAgic' and will focus on the definition of a 3D adaptive-synthetic aperture beamforming ultrasound signal processing structure with unique 3D ultrasound visualisation technology and a computing architecture development as an embedded system for linear and planar phased array ultrasound probes.

OBJECTIVES
1. The development of 3D adaptive & synthetic aperture techniques integrated as an advanced beamforming structure for linear and planar phased array probes that would form the core of a 4D ultrasound fully digital system technology;
2. Development of the relevant hardware for a fully digital ultrasound system technology;
3. Integration and concept demonstration of proposed developments with the ultrasound system functionality of the European Industrial Partner;
4. Market analysis, planning and market exploitation of project developments.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
WP1 - Specification;
WP2 - Advanced 4D Ultrasound Signal & Image Processing;
WP3 - Hardware Development for a 4D Fully Digital Ultrasound System;
WP4 - System Integration;
WP5 - Exploitation & Dissemination;
WP6 - Project Management.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Muenchen
Germany

Participants (7)

CANAMET CANADIAN NATIONAL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Canada
Address
1120 Finch Ave. West Suite 201
M3J3H7 Toronto (Ontario)
CANAMET HELLAS AEBE
Greece
Address
21 Patriarchou Grigoriou V St.
10 679 Athinai
ESAOTE S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Ruffino Aliora 32
15033 Casale Monferrato
IPITEC S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via San Pietro All'orto 26
20121 Milano (Mi)
MEDCOM GESELLSCHAFT FUER MEDIZINISCHE BILDVERARBEITUNG MBH
Germany
Address
Rundeturmstrasse 6
64283 Darmstadt
NERGAL S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Viale Battista Bardanzellu 8
00155 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Canada
Address
27, Cercle King's College
M5S 1A1 Toronto