Filled Vacancies

Title: PhD Studentship in Photoacoustic 3D Image Reconstruction for Image-guided Fetal Surgery

Department: Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Subsection: Translational Imaging Group (TIG) within the Centre for Medical Imaging Computing (CMIC)

Duration: 4 years (1st year MRes followed by 3 years PhD)

Stipend: £16,851 per annum tax-free, full fees paid.

Closing Date for Applications: July 14th, 2014


Project outline:

Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity based within the Translational
Imaging Group of the Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL, commencing in
September 2014.

UCL was recently awarded £10million to develop better tools and imaging
techniques that will improve the success of surgery and other therapies on
unborn babies in collaboration with KU Leuven, Great Ormond Street Hospital and
University College London Hospital. Photoacoustics imaging, a hybrid imaging
modality that delivers low-energy laser pulses to generate acoustic waves in
response to a transient heating and monitors the resulting ultrasounds with a
transducer, promises to drastically improve the quality of the information
collected during the surgery. However, with the translation of photoacoustics
in situ and in vivo, it is expected than only a small number of
depth-measurements or A-scans will be acquired simultaneously. As such there is
a need for a method to reconstruct 3D images from a collection of consecutive

This PhD project will develop a system to reconstruct such 3D data.
Tracking sensors may be embedded on the photoacoustic probe to guide the
reconstruction process but a proper understanding of the physics of acquisition
will also be required to extract motion information from the correlation within
the consecutive A-scans. Close collaboration with the Photoacoustics Imaging
Group based within the department is to be expected. Candidates with a strong
interest in the following areas are encouraged to apply: computer-assisted
interventions, medical image analysis and analysis, medical device development,
and translational applications of medical image computing. Informal enquiries
are welcomed.


Please see below document for further information.


To apply:

Please go to: . Under "Opportunities" there is a scroll down box with the title of this project. Please click the Apply Now button.


The studentship compromises of fees and a tax-free stipend of £16,851 per annum. In order to qualify candidates must be UK/EU passport holders or qualify for UCL home fees status.

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