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Biomedical Ultrasound: Past, Present, and Future

Release time:June 1, 2017 / Siying He

Topic:Biomedical Ultrasound: Past, Present, and Future

Speaker:K. Kirk Shung

Date:9:00 AM June 2, 2017        

Venue:the Second conference room, New Main Building        

 

Abstract:        

Ultrasound has been used for medical diagnosis and therapy for more than 5 decades. It has been proven to be non-invasive and to have many clinical applications in diagnosing a variety of diseases including cardiac problems and tumors. The current trends are in developing approaches for assessing elastic properties of tissues to circumvent the problem that has plagued medical imaging for years in that sometimes lesions such as tumors are palpable but not visible on images and in developing high frequency (>20 MHz) devices to visualize superficial anatomical structures and to image smaller objects including small animals and neonates.        

More exciting developments of medical ultrasound recently however are in the therapeutic fronts. These include high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment of uterine fibroids, essential tremor, and other brain diseases under imaging guidance which can be MR or ultrasound. Ultrasound enhanced drug delivery across the blood brain barrier (BBB) in conjunction with the introduction of gas containing contrast agents has garnered intense interest for treating brain tumors. The last but not the least is in cosmetic ultrasound which has become immensely popular in lifting and tightening skin.          

 

Bio of the Speaker:        

Professor Shung received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, in 1975. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering at USC since 2002 and the director of NIH Resource Center on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology since 1997. He was appointed a dean’s professor in biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC in 2013. Dr. Shung is a life fellow of IEEE, and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is a founding fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He received the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Award in 1985 and was the coauthor of a paper that received the best paper award for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) in 2000. He was elected an outstanding alumnus of Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 2001. He was selected as the distinguished lecturer for the IEEE UFFC society for 2002-2003. He received the Holmes Pioneer Award in Basic Science from American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in 2010. He was selected to receive the academic career achievement award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2011. Dr. Shung has published more than 400 papers and book chapters. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroeelctrics and Frequency Control and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.        

 

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