Feasibility Demonstration of ultrasound blanket technology

Period of Performance: 09/05/2002 - 12/07/2004

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Tetrad Corp.
357 Inverness Dr. South
Englewood, CO 80112
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This proposal presents a practical study of the issues and tradeoffs involved in making an ultrasound array which is capable of being operated from a remote location. The classic performance vs complexity tradeoffs are presented. The parameters which can be adjusted are listed, along with the performance variables which they affect. The number of elements and the form in which they are addressed is shown to affect the overall coverage and the flexibility that the physician has in selecting an active aperture and beam direction. After determination of the imaging applications which the array will be used in, a thorough analysis of these variables is proposed, from which the feasibility will be determined and the specifications set for hardware development under a Phase II program.