Intelligent ultrasound imaging

The recent development of affordable and portable US scanners spawned numerous point-of-care US imaging applications that can change patients’ lives, outside radiology departments. US is also finding new applications for which there is little wisdom available when it comes to scanning protocols. While US technology itself has reached the maturity to address these new applications, progress is limited by a shortage of skilled US imaging operators. Since US image quality and interpretation are highly user-dependent, improving usability is key to the deployment of US in the general practitioner’s office and in new applications. 
Various funded PhD and Master’s thesis projects are offered within this context at the Laboratoire de traitement de l’information en santé (LATIS). These projects will touch upon various aspects of: 1) The study of visual-motor strategies used by experienced sonographers and novice sonographers in familiar and less familiar tasks. 2) Modeling the attributes that define the quality of an ultrasound view and that can be used to describe sequences of intermediate ultrasound views typically seen but not recorded by sonographers which are useful cues to navigating the probe towards a given target 3) The development of navigational assistance systems for 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging based on anatomical atlases to guide a less experienced user towards the acquisition of high quality images and volumes. Students will acquire experience in instrumentation and/or human-computer interaction and/or image processing and/or machine learning and/or experimental design. 

 

Required knowledge

Curious and self-motivated candidates interested in interdisciplinary research are sought for these projects. For students with an electrical/computer engineering/computer science profile, strong programming skills are required. Knowledge or experience in image processing, machine learning, human-computer interaction or biomedical engineering would be important assets. Students with other profiles can also make significant contributions to these projects through their knowledge of anatomy, radiology or ergonomics. 
 

Desired program of studies

Masters with project, Masters with thesis, Doctorate

Research domains

Health Technologies, Sensors, Networks and Connectivity

Financing

Contact the professor.

Additional information

The LATIS is a welcoming and inclusive research environment whose success depends, among various factors, on the diversity of its members.  Therefore, applications from women, indigenous students, students belonging to visible minorities, students with disabilities or representing neurodiversity, students of all origins and all sexual orientations are highly encouraged.
 

Starting : As soon as possible