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Real-Time Volumetric Ultrasound Research Platform with 1024 Parallel Transmit and Receive Channels

 
: Risser, C.; Hewener, H.; Fournelle, M.; Fonfara, H.; Barry-Hummel, S.; Weber, S.; Speicher, D.; Tretbar, S.

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Applied Sciences 11 (2021), Nr.13, Art. 5795, 21 S.
ISSN: 2076-3417
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

Abstract
Volumetric ultrasound imaging is of great importance in many medical fields, especially in cardiology, but also in therapy monitoring applications. For development of new imaging technologies and scanning strategies, it is crucial to be able to use a hardware platform that is as free and flexible as possible and does not restrict the user in his research in any way. For this purpose, multi-channel ultrasound systems are particularly suitable, as they are able to control each individual element of a matrix array without the use of a multiplexer. We set out to develop a fully integrated, compact 1024-channel ultrasound system that provides full access to all transmission parameters and all digitized raw data of each transducer element. For this purpose, we synchronize four research scanners of our latest “DiPhAS” ultrasound research system generation, each with 256 parallel channels, all connected to a single PC on whose GPUs the entire signal processing is performed. All components of the system are housed in a compact, movable 19-inch rack. The system is designed as a general-purpose platform for research in volumetric imaging; however, the first-use case will be therapy monitoring by tracking radiation-sensitive ultrasound contrast agents.

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