Check out Professor Mengxing Tang’s inaugural lecture on super-resolution ultrasound!
Medical imaging plays a crucial role clinically in the diagnosis and management of patients, with applications throughout the patient pathway from detection, diagnosis, treatment planning to guiding and monitoring treatment. However significant limitations still exist to obtaining sufficient relevant details of tissue structure and function inside the body at the right place and at the right time. Sound at high frequencies beyond what human ears can hear, i.e. ultrasound, can be used to “see” inside the human body non-invasively through transmitting ultrasound pulses and receiving echoes. Characterised by its unique point-of-care capability, patient friendliness, high affordability and accessibility, and outstanding safety record, ultrasound has already been widely used in medicine in the past decades. More recently, the advent of microbubble contrast agents, tiny and harmless bubbles which can be detected by ultrasound at the individual particle level, enables visualisation of tissue structure and function at unprecedented sensitivity.
In this talk, Professor Tang will describe his research efforts in developing ultrasound imaging technologies with ultra-high spatial and/or temporal resolution, leveraging recent advances in contrast agents, optics, electronics and computing. Specifically, he will describe the development of ultrafast and super-resolution technologies for imaging macro- and micro-vascular flow in vivo, and ongoing studies to explore such technologies in biomedical applications.