The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, St. Ingbert, Germany, has developed a multichannel modular ultrasound system. According to Fraunhofer, the multichannel ultrasound platform uses a modular configuration so it can be adapted to a set of applications, even those that are entirely different from each other. This is done by pairing the main board, power supply, and control software with application-specific components, such as the front-end boards.

“This way, we can both quickly respond to customer requests for the widest array of applications, and also offer money-saving solutions,” said Steffen Tretbar of the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT. Tretbar noted fine-tuning the final product requires only configuring the software accordingly. “We have realized very fast interfaces to the PC. This way, we can control the systems in real time, enable very swift signal processing with repeat rates in the kHz/range, and simply implement new software algorithms that have been adapted for various applications. ”

As part of the research platform, IBMT’s development expertise covers all technology components, from ultrasound transducers and new ultrasound technologies to complete systems and their certification or approval as a medical product.

For more information about the new modular ultrasound system, read the Fraunhofer IBMT press release.