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Proposal Number: 6000

Domain: Healthcare

Theme(s): Electronic decision support systems for primary care providers/ front line workers
Point of care diagnostic tests and surveillance systems for common non-communicable and Infectious diseases

Supporting Central Government Agency: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Budget (Rs. Lakhs): 81.96

Principal Investigator: Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula

Principal Investigator Institute: Indian Institute of Science

Co-Investigators:
Prasanta Kumar Ghosh ,Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Domain: Healthcare

Project Title

A Low-Cost, Portable, Super-Resolution Ultrasound Scanner

Project Images

Image Caption:Ultrasound signal model and reconstruction of heart image of a goat at lower sampling rates.

Web Abstract

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive imaging modality that poses fewer health hazards to a patient due to use of non-ionizing radiation. Hence, it is widely used in fetal imaging and analysis of cardiac motion. Although ultrasound imaging is an effective tool for diagnosis of issues related to health, it is nearly absent in many rural healthcare facilities in developing regions due to the high costs of both equipment and required training. To address this issue, we envisage the development of  a low-cost, super-resolution, portable ultrasound imaging system targeted mainly at rural India.

We have shown a proof of concept of super-resolution reconstruction on the desktop computer. We would now like to develop the reconstruction algorithm on a handheld device/tablet that can interface with a readily available USB ultrasound probe/transducer together with our customized analog-to-digital converter. The whole system then becomes a portable ultrasound scanner capable of serving the needs of rural India.