NCI grants ultrasound research deal to Siemens

Siemens Medical Solutions has received a two-year, $2 million research contract to develop a user interface that gives researchers more access to imaging options and raw data generated by ultrasound scanners.

The alternate interface would enable researchers to control the ultrasound system as a research tool, while maintaining the system's full capabilities as a clinical machine, according to the vendor. Raw data will be accessible after the image data is acquired, but prior to regular processing. As a result, researchers will be able to conduct their own processing and extract new information not available from regular channels, according to Siemens.

For the first 12 to 18 months of the contract, Siemens said it will develop software for the interface, and generate user manuals to support its distribution to the research community. Then the company will partner with Duke University in Durham, NC, and the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, to evaluate and refine the final software package, Siemens said.

Siemens expects the project to result in a commercially available product. The Iselin, NJ-based vendor said it would initially develop the interface for its Sonoline Antares premium ultrasound system, and it may migrate the interface to other scanners.

By staff writers
February 7, 2002

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