Ultrasound transducers for ultrafast 3D cardiovascular imaging

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Cardiovascular diseases stand as the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels, such as atherosclerosis, congenital heart diseases, rheumatic heart diseases, and arrhythmias. Early detection of cardiovascular issues is imperative for effective treatment, and the implementation of screening programs facilitates timely identification and intervention, ultimately reducing morbidity rates. Ultrasound imaging is a widely utilized technique for assessing cardiovascular diseases due to its portability, lack of radiation exposure, and relatively lower associated costs compared to other imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography. In this thesis, we detail the development of specialized ultrasound probes for three distinct cardiovascular applications: carotid artery imaging, intracardiac echocardiography, and abdominal aorta imaging. These applications necessitate high-frame-rate 3D imaging with a wide field of view, requiring ultrasound matrix transducers with a vast number of elements and integrated electronics. We outline the design, fabrication, and characterization of three probes tailored for each specific application.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • de Jong, N., Supervisor
  • Verweij, M.D., Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date28 Jun 2024
Print ISBNs978-94-6384-604-2
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • ultrasound imaging
  • matrix transducer array
  • 3D
  • high-frame-rate
  • application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)
  • cardiovascular
  • intracardiac echocardiography (ICE)
  • carotid artery
  • abdominal aorta


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