Biomedical Engineering research project awarded top rating

Published on 22 February 2021

A KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) between the University of Dundee and IMV Imaging (previously known as BCF Technology), market leaders in veterinary imaging, has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction by Innovate UK, the highest possible grading

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The aim of the project was to develop sophisticated new acquisition techniques specifically for the company’s existing range of advanced veterinary scanners.

This posed many challenges in optimising imaging performance using the existing company FPGA platform and within its constraints of low power demands and compact size.

The team adopted sophisticated programming methodologies to analyse, modify, and synthesize signals.

IMV Imaging worked with our academic team supervised by Professor Zhihong Huang and Professor George Corner, and had access to the advanced programmable research scanning equipment and expertise in building and using ultrasound phantoms.

“This outstanding KTP project between IMV imaging and the University of Dundee has exceeded expectations,” said Mr Alan Picken, Chief Executive of IMV Imaging.

“Led by Fraser Hamilton, KTP Associate, the outcomes will allow us to bring improved imaging performance to customers in all areas of veterinary ultrasound imaging, thus improving animal care.”

“As a result of this successful project, we are delighted to collaborate further with the University of Dundee and build a strong relationship of innovation and learning.”

The KTP Associate, Fraser Hamilton, is now enrolled on a PhD program at the University of Dundee and the supervisory team will continue to support him through his degree.

The project has also benefitted the University by commercial impetus to drive research, access to IMVs advanced design and manufacturing facilities, the opportunity to run meaningful, real-world projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students in support of the KTP program.

“We have been able to exploit and develop our knowledge and our use of our advanced equipment, specifically the challenges of implementing novel signal acquisition techniques with ultrasound,” said Professor Zhihong Huang.

“It has been important to apply such techniques in a real-world environment. So many have previously only been simulated. This project has stretched us. We have also learned much from working with IMV Imaging staff.”

IMV Imaging has been invited to join the School of Science and Engineering's Industry Board which facilitates similar projects and enables general dialogue between academia and industry.


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