Ultra vision to see inside the human body with sound and bubbles

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Join Professor Mengxing Tang, online or in person, for his Imperial Inaugural.

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Medical imaging plays a crucial role clinically in the diagnosis and management of patients, with applications throughout the patient pathway from detection, diagnosis, treatment planning to guiding and monitoring treatment. However significant limitations still exist to obtain sufficient relevant details of tissue structure and function inside the body at the right place and the right time. Sound at high frequencies beyond what human ears can hear, i.e. ultrasound, can be used to “see” inside human body non-invasively through transmitting ultrasound pulses and receive echoes. Characterised by its unique point-of-care capability, patient friendliness, high affordability and accessibility, and outstanding safety record, ultrasound has already been widely used in medicine in the past decades. More recently, the advent of microbubble contrast agents, tiny and harmless bubbles which can be detected by ultrasound at individual particle level, enables visualisation of tissue structure and function at unprecedented sensitivity.

In this talk Professor Tang will describe his research efforts in developing ultrasound imaging technologies with ultra high spatial and/or temporal resolution, leveraging recent advances in contrast agents, optics, electronics and computing. Specifically he will describe the development of ultrafast and super-resolution technologies for imaging macro- and micro- vascular flow in vivo, and ongoing studies to explore such technologies in biomedical applications.


Mengxing Tang is a Professor in Biomedical Imaging. He joined Imperial College London in 2006, after four years of postdoc training in the Engineering Science Department, University of Oxford. He obtained his PhD in 2003 from De Montfort University. Professor Tang has been one of the first to demonstrate ultrasound super-resolution, and ultrafast contrast ultrasound imaging. Since his appointment at Imperial he has raised over £9 million pounds to support his research programme from EPSRC/UKRI, NIHR, CZI, CRUK, Wellcome Trust, BHF, and industry. He has supervised 20 PhD candidates to successful completion. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed papers. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE T UFFC, a member of the Technical Programme Committee of the annual IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), and the Technical Programme Co-Chair of the 2022 IEEE IUS Venice.


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