Developments in ultrasound technology could soon enable the production of high-quality, high-resolution images, according to the research team working on the material at Texas A&M University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The engineered material, which converts ultrasound waves into optical signals that can be used to produce an image, offers significant advantages over conventional ultrasound technology. Current ultrasounds are constrained by bandwidth and sensitivity limitations, but the new technology converts ultrasound waves into optical signals rather than electrical ones, which is important for producing highly detailed images.
“This translates into an image that shows greater detail. Greater sensitivity enables you to see deeper in tissue, suggesting we have the potential to generate images that might have previously not been possible with conventional ultrasound technology” explained Professor Vladislav Yakovlev, head researcher on the project.Read more at Texas A&M University