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 January 31, 2017

Professor McAleavey receives grant from Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

mThe Department of Defense office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has awarded Professor Stephen McAleavey a grant for his research project titled, "Assistive and Autonomous Breast Ultrasound Screening:  Improving PPV and Reducing RSI."

Professor McAleavey's objective in this proposal is to demonstrate that the synergistic combination of an anthropomoric robotic arm, providing precision transducer positioning and force measurement, can enable high-resolution viscoelasticity and nonlinear modulus imaging to provide additional lesion classification features to improve PPV. He will implement a sonographer-guided, anthropomorphic robotic arm to position the transducer, set and maintain controllable pressure in spite of patient cardiac and respiratory motion, and implement shear wave and strain imaging methods that are currently impractical in vivo with hand-held ultrasound transducers.