PhD in 3D Intra-cardiac Echography
The recruited PhD will work on the acoustical aspects of a project called “3D intra-cardiac echography” (3D-ICE). In this 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. The design of the miniature matrix probe with integrated electronics will be a real challenge that will be tackled by a design team consisting of three PhDs, one post-doc, and scientific staff members from several disciplines.
The 3D-ICE project is funded by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW) and is a collobaration between Delft University of Technology, Erasmus MC and industry. The recruited PhD will focus on the acoustical analysis and design of the ultrasound transducer, and the beamforming. Main issues in this subproject are the selection of the optimum dimensions of the 500+ elements of the send/receive array, the minimisation of the crosstalk between the elements, and realisation of high-resolution imaging despite the small array size. This will involve running numerical simulations on existing software, developing software for new imaging approaches, and performing measurements.
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