Working with ultrasound imaging data has a long tradition at Fraunhofer IGD. Back in 1994, Georgios Sakas developed the first 3D ultrasound imaging applications here. In 1997, Dr. Sakas founded the Fraunhofer spinoff MedCom, which has since been busy successfully processing and analyzing ultrasound imaging data. During this time, research and application-related projects with ultrasound imaging data were continuously pursued at Fraunhofer IGD. Today, the Visual Healthcare Technologies Competence Center has scores of algorithms and processes for automatically analyzing and processing 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging data.
The latest research results include work on the following:
- Intraoperative recording of liver ultrasound and CT imaging data
- Automatic detection and segmentation of organ structures, such as liver and kidneys
- Facial features of a fetus
- Ultrasound shadows of, e.g., the ribs
- Free intraabdominal fluids from blunt traumas
Further research questions are currently being studied as part of the ECHOMICS project. This project aims to develop omics-like, image-based biomarkers for lymph nodes in ultrasound imaging data that make it possible to characterize the tissue and distinguish between benign and malignant lymph nodes.