We have several fully funded PhD positions immediately available at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Surgical & Interventional Engineering and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging. Prospective Chinese students are also encouraged to apply for the prestigious K-CSC PhD programme. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are interested!
PhD project 1: Dual-Modal Multi-Aperture Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Imaging for Guiding Minimally Invasive Surgery
Project Summary: Many minimally invasive procedures such as nerve blocks, tumour biopsy, and fetal interventions, are performed under ultrasound guidance because of its real-time imaging capability, low-cost, and high accessibility. However, visualisation of the procedure target (such as nerves, and tumours), and the invasive medical devices (such as metallic needles) with currently clinical ultrasound imaging systems can be challenging. Ultrasound images suffer from limited spatial resolution, restricted field of view, and low soft-tissue contrast.
This project aims to address these limitations by developing a dual-modal photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system using multiple synchronised ultrasound transducer arrays that can provide functional, molecular and anatomical information of tissue in real-time with improved spatial resolution and extended field of view for guiding minimally invasive procedures.