Research vision

The UN defined Sustainable Development Goals work as a guiding star to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Working with MEMS and Healthcare Engineering the UN Goal 3 - "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" - guides us towards the future. We believe that the MEMS group and our collaborators can make an important contribution to meet this challenge by advancing the field of medical ultrasound imaging. Good health and well-being for all requires increased access to physicians all over the world and these physicians need technology for diagnosis and cure. Medical ultrasound is rather inexpensive compared to other image modalities such as MR and CT, and ultrasound systems are portable making them very well suited for use also at remote sites. Our research vision is to generate new ultrasound probes and systems for inexpensive 3D medical imaging together with other experts in the field. The vision is to be able to image in real time internal body structures and monitor flow at the capillary level in full 3D without using contrast agents. Such a system will enable advanced ultrasound imaging to be performed using inexpensive equipment and will help to provide advanced healthcare for all at a sustainable cost, i.e. support access to quality essential health-care services (UN target 3.8).

 

Research projects

 

In the ”Super resolution Ultrasound Imaging (SRI)”, funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark, the MEMS group work with the company BK Medical and a range of collaborators, including Prof. Jørgen Arendt Jensen from DTU, on advancing 3D imaging using advanced row-column addressed CMUT probes to track the movement of injected contrast agents.

To realize SRI without using contrast agents is a challenging task that requires interdisciplinary research at the highest level. To fulfill this ambitious goal the MEMS group, work closely with a range of top experts in the field including

  • Prof. Jørgen Arendt Jensen heading the Center for Fast Ultrasound (CFU) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) - he is an expert in medical ultrasound imaging
  • Prof. Mikael Bachman, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Ultrasound, Rigshospitalet -he is an expert in clinical ultrasound and cancer
  • Associate Professor Charlotte Mehlin Sørensen, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Copenhagen - she is an expert in renal physiology and a specialist in performing experiments on living rodents.

Together we share a common vision for the next ten years and our research is funded by the ERC Synergy grant ”SURE: 3D Super resolution Ultrasound Real time imaging of Erythrocytes” where we research how to track the movement of the red blood cells (Erythrocytes).

 

Read more about the research projects:

 

The SURE project

Super resolution imaging - SRI

Laparoscopy