Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Health

School of Clinical Sciences

Topic status

In progress.


Dr Maria Antico
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Associate Professor Davide Fontanarosa
Associate Professor (Medical Radiation Sciences)
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


Ultrasound imaging has revolutionised healthcare, as one of the most valuable and cost-effective diagnostic tools in comparison with other diagnostic imaging devices. It is used extensively to examine the unborn baby, heart, breast, neck, musculoskeletal tissues, peripheral vasculature, liver, kidneys and other organs. Major advantages include portability, cost-effectiveness, volumetric real-time capabilities, virtually unlimited resolution, and no reported cases of harm to patients in literature.

One of the most promising technologies to replace the traditional piezoelectric crystals used as transducers in ultrasound probes are the capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), which will allow the creation of novel wearable/flexible systems.

The main aim of this project is to collect enough datasets using this technology to successfully train specific artificial intelligence algorithms used to automatically create/interpret the ultrasound images.

Research activities

In this project, ultrasound imaging phantoms (specially designed objects including structures with known dimensions and positions) will be scanned using this novel technology, which is already available at QUT, and the resulting datasets will be labelled (interpreted) using dedicated software.


The outcome of this work will be data then used in other parts of the project to train artificial intelligence algorithms.

Skills and experience

Experience with medical imaging is preferred.



Contact the supervisor for more information.