This program supports the development and improvement of technologies for diagnostic or therapeutic uses of ultrasound.
Emphasis - Diagnostic Ultrasound
The emphasis for diagnostic ultrasound is on:
- design, development and construction of transducers, transducer arrays, materials and other hardware
- image acquisition and display methods
- innovative signal processing methods and devices
- optoacoustic and thermoacoustic technology
- image-enhancement devices and methods
- ultrasound contrast agents
- image and data presentation and mapping methods
- functional imaging and image fusion.
- image guided surgery
Emphasis - Interventional Ultrasound
The emphasis for therapeutic ultrasound is on:
- design, development and construction of transducers, transducer arrays and other hardware
- interventional technologies
- adjunct enhancement of non-ultrasound therapy applications
- high-intensity and low-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU/LIFU)
- hyperthermia applications
- non-invasive or minimally invasive interventional surgical or therapy tools
- ultrasound contrast agents for therapy
- targeted drug delivery
- other interventions
Additional areas of support
- examination of parameter space
- machine/deep learning for acquisition and interpretation
- simulation and modelling
February 16, 2024
The qualities of flowing blood, or hemodynamics, hold important insights into vascular diseases, but technological limitations have largely kept measurements of these properties out of reach in the clinic. Now, there may be a potential solution on the horizon.
December 11, 2023
Engineers have developed a bio-compatible ink that solidifies into different 3D shapes and structures by absorbing ultrasound waves.
December 7, 2023
NIH-funded researchers have outlined a method to print biocompatible structures through thick, multi-layered tissues using focused ultrasound.
November 16, 2023
NIH Blueprint MedTech program has issued nine awards in its first competition cycle. The program seeks to accelerate transformative medical devices to treat disorders of the nervous system.
September 21, 2023
NIH will advance the development of home-based and point-of-care health technologies with awards to six technology research and development centers around the country. The centers comprise the Point of Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) and will parlay the momentum of the original network established in 2007 by the NIBIB.