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Exterior view of Rush Rhees Library.

The Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU) was created at the University of Rochester to unite professionals in engineering, medical, and applied science communities at the University of Rochester, Rochester General Hospital, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since its founding in 1986, the RCBU has grown over the years to nearly 100 members, with several visiting scientists from locations around the country.

The RCBU provides a unique collaborative environment where researchers can join together to investigate the use of very high frequency sound waves in medical diagnoses and therapy.

The Center's mission encompasses research, education, and innovation

RCBU laboratories are advancing the use of ultrasound in diagnosis and discovering new therapeutic applications of ultrasound in medicine and biology. Research at the RCBU spans a wide range of topics in diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound including: sonoelastography, ultrasound contrast agents, 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging, tissue characterization techniques, lithotripsy, acoustic radiation force imaging, novel therapeutic applications, multi-modal imaging, nonlinear acoustics, and acoustic cavitation. RCBU laboratories provide a rich environment for graduate and post-graduate training in biomedical ultrasound. The RCBU maintains a long history of leadership and innovation in biomedical ultrasound.