3D Intracardiac Echography (3D-ICE)

Developing a new generation of ultrasound probes for real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography.

Researchers: Medhi Soozande , Hans Bosch

In this STW-project we will develop  a new generation of ultrasound probes for real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography. These probes will deliver an extended 3D view from within the heart. The probe with integrated electronics will be used before, during and after complicated morphological reconstructions in newborns, repair or replacement of valves, and during electrophysiology procedures. An integration of a 3D position sensor in the probe will enable fusion with other 2D/3D imaging modalities (X-ray, electro-anatomical maps, MRI, CT), essential for procedure guidance applications.


This STW project is a cooperation between Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology and Industry (Oldelft Ultrasound). At Erasmus MC, we will focus on the 3D scanning procedure both in transmit and in receive, on integration of the whole system and on real-time 3D display of the data. Main issues in this subproject are definition of the transmit beam, the parallel beamforming and focussing in reception, and real-time display. TU Delft, Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory will focus on the development of the electronics as well as the interconnect challenges. TU Delft, Laboratory of Acoustical Wavefield Imaging will study the vibration modes of the individual piezo elements and their cross-talk, as well as the beamforming.

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