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Innovation


The RCBU is continually advancing novel concepts in ultrasound technology. RCBU innovations have produced steady progress in new imaging modalities and therapeutic applications of ultrasound. RCBU members hold numerous patents in ultrasound and imaging. Recent news, and some of the patents that originated at the RCBU are summarized here. For more information, please visit the UR Ventures website.

U.S. Patents

Methods and Systems for Spatially Modulated Ultrasound Radiation Force Imaging 
U.S. Patent No. 8,753,277 issued to
Stephen McAleavey on June 17, 2014

Low-cost device for C-scan acoustic wave imaging
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,870,770 (2014) and 8,353,833 (2013) issued to
Vikram S. Dogra, Navalgund Rao

Sonoelastographic Shear Velocity Imaging using Crawling Wave Excitation
U.S. Patent No. 8,267,865 issued to
Kenneth Hoyt and Kevin J. Parker on September 18, 2012

Statistical Estimation of Ultrasonic Propagation Parameters or Aberration Correction 
U.S. Patent No. 7,867,166 issued to
Robert C. Waag, Jeffrey P. Astheimer 

Utrasound Imaging of Tissue Stiffness by Spatially Modulated Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (SM-ARFI)
U.S. Patent No. 8,225,666 issued to
Stephen McAleavey on May 9, 2008

Real Time Visualization of Shear Wave Propagation in Soft Materials with Sonoelastography
U.S. Patent No. 7,444,875 issued to
Zhe Wu and Kevin J. Parker on November 4, 2008

Finite Amplitude Distortion-Based Inhomogeneous Pulse Echo Ultrasonic Imaging
U.S. Patent No. 7,104,956 issued to
Ted Christopher on September 12, 2006

Ultrasound Distortion Compensation using Blind System Identification 
U.S. Patent No. 6,699,189 issued to
Feng Lin, Robert C. Waag on March 2, 2004

System and Method for 4D Reconstruction and Visualization 
U.S. Patent No. 6,169,817 issued to
Kevin J. Parker, Saraa Totterman, and Jose Tamez-Pena on January 2, 2001

System for Model-Based Compression of Speckle Images
U.S. Patent No. 5,734,754 issued to
Kevin J. Parker on March 31, 1998

Blue Noise Mask
U.S. Patent Nos. 5,111,310 (1992); 5,477,305 (1995); 5,708,518 (1998); 5,543, 941 (1996); and 5,726,772 (1998) issued to
Kevin J. Parker and Theophano Mitsa

Thin-Film Phantoms and Phantom Systems
U.S. Patent No. 5,756,875 issued to
Daniel B. Phillips and Kevin J. Parker on May 26, 1998

Smart Endotracheal Tube
U.S. Patent No. 5,785,051 issued to
Jack Mottley and Randy Lipscher on July 29, 1998.

Multiple Function Infant Monitor
U.S. Patent No. 5,479, 932 issued to
Joseph Higgins, E. Carr Everbach, Kevin J.Parker on January 2, 1996

Butterfly Search Technique
U.S. Patent No. 5,419, 331 issued to
S. Kaisar Alam and Kevin J. Parker on May 30, 1995

The Acoustic Filter
U.S. Patent No. 5,334,136 issued to
Karl Schwarz, Richard Meltzer, and Charles Church on August 2, 1994

Apparatus for Bone Surface-Based Registration
U.S. Patent No. 6,106,464
issued to WA Bass, RL Galloway, Jr., CR Maurer, Jr, and RJ Maciunas on August 22, 2000

Sonoelasticity Imaging Estimators
U.S. Patent No. 5,086,775, issued to
Ron Huang, Robert Lerner, and Kevin Parker on February 11, 1992

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.