Ultrasound: Diagnostic and Interventional Program Area
Hector Lopez, ScD
The primary focus of this program is the improvement of technologies
for diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic uses of ultrasound. The diagnostic
ultrasound program includes, but is not limited to the design, development and construction
of transducers, transducer arrays, and transducer materials, innovative image acquisition
and display methods, innovative signal processing methods and devices, and optoacoustic
and thermoacoustic technology. It also includes the development of image-enhancement
devices and methods, such as contrast agents, image and data presentation and mapping
methods, such as functional imaging and image fusion.
The interventional ultrasound program includes the use of ultrasound
for therapeutic use, or as an adjunct for enhancement of non-ultrasound therapy
applications. Examples include, but are not limited to, high-intensity focused ultrasound
(HIFU) as a non-invasive or minimally invasive interventional surgical or therapy
tool, and as an adjunct interventional tool. It also includes the use of ultrasound
contrast agents for therapy and for targeted drug delivery, and the use of ultrasound
for image-guided surgery, biopsy, and other interventions.
Relevant Study Sections
Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS)
Biomedical Imaging Technology (BMIT)
Instrumentation and Systems Development (ISD)
Medical Imaging (MEDI)
Microscopic Imaging (MI)
Small Business Biomedical Imaging IRG (SBMI)
A complete listing of review groups and study sections can be found at the Center
for Scientific Review (http://cms.csr.nih.gov/PeerReviewMeetings/).
Program staff recommend that principal investigators include a cover letter listing
areas of scientific expertise needed to review the application and how the expertise
should be balanced (please do not include names), or potential study section assignments.
Questions may be directed to the program director mentioned above.
Last Updated On 12/29/2008